Library Board Basics workshops

Learn public library service structure and how to support delivery of effective public library service in your community and region.


These free workshops are open to all library board members and library managers and are designed to help them support effective public library service in their communities. Participants will learn about:

  • the Libraries Act and Libraries Regulation
  • the structure of public library service in Alberta, including the Alberta Public Library Network
  • library board roles and responsibilities
  • governance tools, including Plan of Service, policies and budget
  • library board member roles and responsibilities
  • library board funding and finances, and
  • relationships with other library stakeholders, and board-staff relationships

If you have any questions contact the branch at 780-427-4871 or [email protected].

Upcoming workshops

We are pleased to announce 3 spring in-person Board Basics Workshop dates:

  • Sherwood Park: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Strathcona County Community Centre meeting room #2, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta. Register online for Sherwood Park by Wednesday, April 17, 2024.
  • Grande Prairie: Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Grande Prairie Public Library, 9839 103 Ave Unit 101, Grande Prairie, Alberta.  Register online for Grande Prairie by Wednesday, May 29, 2024.
  • Airdrie: Saturday, June 15, 2024 at the Airdrie Public Library, 304 Main St S, Airdrie, Alberta. Register online for Airdrie by Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

The workshops will run from 9 am to 4 pm.

Workshop fees and materials

There is no fee to attend the workshop. Meals (including lunch the day of the workshop), travel, and any required accommodation will be the participant’s responsibility.

Participants will receive a handbook and copies of the Libraries Act and Libraries Regulation.

Emergency cancellations

If there is an emergency cancellation, we may contact you using the email you used to register for the workshop.

When possible, we will send cancellation notices by email the day before the scheduled workshop.


Connect with the Public Library Services Branch:

Phone: 780-427-4871
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L4