Burnaby Public Library or BPL is a public library that serves Burnaby, British Columbia and the surrounding Lower Mainland. According to it's 2019-2022 strategic plan, BPL aims to "empower the community to engage with and share stories, ideas and information."[4] BPL provides access to information services and library collections (including books, DVDs, newspapers, magazines and research materials) through its four branches as well as online and through community outreach.

Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby Public Library logo.png
Established1954
Branches4
Collection
Items collectedbooks, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Access and use
Circulation3,010,470[1][1]
Population served232,755[2]
Other information
BudgetCA $14,188,200[1]
DirectorBeth Davies (Chief Librarian),[3] Lorraine Shore (Library Board Chair)[1]
Staff120.59 (FTE)
Websitebpl.bc.ca

Contents

ServicesEdit

BPL provides a broad range of services and programs that reflect the needs of its community. The following list is a small sample of the regular services available:

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Readers' advisory services
  • Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers[5]
  • Programs for children, youth, adults and seniors
  • Newcomer services including English as an additional language supports[6]
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks
  • Movie nights
  • "Book bike" mobile library outreach[7]
  • Philosophers' Cafe series, in partnership with Simon Fraser University[8]

HistoryEdit

Burnaby's first library was founded in 1927 as the North Burnaby Library Association with members paying one dollar to use a collection of 397 books.[9] In 1954, a municipal bylaw was enacted to officially establish the Burnaby Public Library. BPL's first permanent library building was the McGill Branch which was built in North Burnaby in 1961.[10] The Kingsway branch (now the Tommy Douglas branch) was established in 1962 followed by the Central Park branch (Bob Prittie Metrotown) in 1974 and the Cameron branch in 1980.[10]

BranchesEdit

 
Bob Prittie Metrotown branch

The library has four branches:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Annual Report 2017
  2. ^ City of Burnaby Quick Stats
  3. ^ Members of the Library Board
  4. ^ "Burnaby Public Library 4-Year Plan 2019-2022" (PDF). Burnaby Public Library.
  5. ^ "Storytimes | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. ^ "Programs and services at BPL | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  7. ^ Boothby, Lauren. "Burnaby brings "book bikes" to libraries". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  8. ^ "Café schedule by location - Continuing Studies - Simon Fraser University". www.sfu.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  9. ^ Marleen Morris & Associates Ltd. (May 2007). "Report from the Community Needs Assessment" (PDF). Burnaby Public Library.
  10. ^ a b City of Burnaby Planning & Building Department (June 15, 1998, revised May 2014). "Official Community Plan Burnaby British Columbia" (PDF). City of Burnaby. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Bob Prittie Metrotown | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  12. ^ "Reference & Research | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  13. ^ a b "McGill | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  14. ^ a b "Tommy Douglas | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  15. ^ "Grand Opening | Edmondslib's Weblog". Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  16. ^ "Bibliotech: BPL's creative technology lab | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  17. ^ "Cameron | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  18. ^ "Cameron Branch virtual tour | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.

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