About Us


"To engage, stimulate, and connect the community by providing access to resources, tools, and opportunities."


"Our Library is a highly-utilized, welcoming, and accessible community gathering space, which inspires lifelong learning and creativity"

The first library in Peace River was established by the IODE in 19 34, funded through a profit of $90.00 raised by a production of the operetta
"Oh Doctor" at the Boyd Theatre. The profit raised through several performances enabled the library to acquire shelves and books. Norman
Soars was appointed librarian and the library was housed in the Town Hall. During the following years the library was manned entirely by volunteer staff.
Many fine books were donated, so me of which depicted the trials of the pioneers in the North Country of Peace River. Until 1959, the library was designated
a Community Library which limited the funds available to it. That year the taxpayers were petitioned to change the designation to Municipal Library thus
enabling the library to claim more funds from both provincial and local governments. A move into the newly renovated Town Hall gave the library a much
needed boost as did the custodianship of Mr. Ken Bowen and Mrs. Eve Whitmey. In 1982 the library moved into the vacant Health Unit building, its current location.


We welcome new board members at any time of year. If you possess a love for reading and would like to provide input into our library direction and enhancement, this is a great
way to participate with a small time commitment. All that is required is attendance at a monthly board meeting (ten months of the year) and participation in various
events throughout the year. If you are interested in participating, please go to this link for an application form. 

To contact the board please leave a name and contact information with Library staff and a representative will contact you or leave a letter at the Library.
Library Board Chair - Chelsea Ferguson
Library Board Vice-Chair - Emma Anso


Everyone is welcome. Meetings are open to the public to observe. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6PM at the Library.


Governance and Staff

Governed by the Town of Peace River Library Board, a volunteer board of up to 11 members, including a member of Peace River Town Council.
The staff has grown from 6 in 2008 to 12(full- and part-time) in 2016.

Plan of Service 2013-15 Areas of Focus (Service Responses)

Express Creativity Stimulate Imagination
Adult, Teen and Family Literacy Information Fluency
Satisfy Curiosity (Lifelong Learning) Comfortable Place (physical and virtual)


Prior to the renovation and expansion project in 2009-11, the library was housed in under 5,000 square feet, but now enjoys 13,300 square feet.
This space includes an art gallery, two meeting rooms, 10 public computers, and comfortable seating areas with armchairs, and a two-sided fireplace.
There is free Wi-Fi in the building.


Increased space created increased costs as well as opportunities. Municipal support is critical.
Friends of the Peace River Municipal Library assists with some funding each year.

  GoA TPR NSC* CNL MD Peace Other** Budget
2008 $26,770 94,850 11,435 8,376 3,522 39,117 184,070
2009 $34,101 95,000 2,142 12,821 4,511 41,495 190,070
2010 $34,101 82,504 27,354 12,437 5,511 24,214 186,121
2011 $34,101 135,547 27,581 12,436 5,511 34,625 249,801
2012 $34,417 203,062 28,210 12,453 5,511 20,308 303,961
2013 $34,417 309,072 28,494 16,448 5,462 37,627 431,520
2014             434,724

*NSC contribution from 2010 includes intermunicipal agreement plus PLS allotment; no municipal
agreement data available prior to 2010
**"Other" category includes library revenues & Friends of the Library contributions


The library is a busy place, with over 47,143 visits in 2013 (up from 13,373 in 2008).
Membership in 2008: 1,228; in 2013: 3,562.
Volunteers in 2008: 16; in 2013: 62
Programs have increased:
2008: 114 people attended six programs
2013: almost 3,000 people attended 275 programs
New art exhibits each month and events in the gallery bring in people who may or may not otherwise use the library.
Meetings in one of the library’s two meeting rooms bring in people from around the region.
Tourists, workers, regional residents, and students come in to access the computers or free Wi-Fi, read magazines and newspapers, drink free
Tim Horton’s coffee, and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere.


Over 90 digital magazines 18 Databases
Over 2000 digital newspapers 10 Public Access computers
900+ DVD’s in house Over 36,000 in-house items
Language learning e-resources Displays of local artwork