Public library tools and resources

The Public Library Services Branch provides a range of services for libraries across Alberta.

Services and information

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

Library boards must complete and submit the Public Library Survey and Annual Report to qualify for funding.

Online and print versions of the directory provide contact information for all provincial public libraries and their boards.

Policy and bylaw requirements, templates and examples for public library boards.

Best practices used by library boards across Alberta to develop and manage their services.

The Public Library Services Branch hosts a series of symposia on emerging and/or identified library service topics.

Tools and resources for library board planning.

Facts and statistics about library use and funding in Alberta.

Workshops and board development program to help trustees improve their services.

Additional legislation that can apply to public library boards besides the Libraries Act and Libraries Regulation.

COVID-19 response: Public library closures

Alberta’s public libraries remain committed to providing online resources for educational and entertainment purposes during their closure as Albertans practice physical distancing and isolation. Please visit your local library’s website for access and information (see Alberta public library directory).

Public library boards and administrators can contact the Public Library Services Branch at

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.


Find information on symposia hosted by the Public Library Services Branch, the Public Library Survey and Annual Report, statistics about library use and funding, and additional resources.