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Getting a library card

Library cards are FREE for residents of Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Metlaktla, Kitkatla, Hartley Bay, Oona River, Digby Island and Lax Kw'alaams.

What is required to get a library card?
You must provide photo ID with a current permanent address on it; however if you do not have your address on the ID, you can provide a recent telephone bill, utility bill, bank statement or government mailing to verify address at registration.
*** Online Billing? We may accept verification of your address via online Phone/Hydro/Gas/Bank account.

Following forms of identification accepted

  • BC Driver's License
  • BC ID
  • BC Services Card
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card
  • NWCC Student Card with photo
  • Passport
  • School District #52 Student ID Card (Gr. 9 & up)
  • Status Card

Children in elementary and middle school
Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with photo ID which meets the criteria above in order to get a library card. The child must be be at least in kindergarten to get a card. The parent/guardian is fully responsible for child's library card at any time.

Replacement card
Your first initial library card is free; however, if you lose it, damage it, or would like a brand new card, then a $5 replacement fee is required.

BC OneCard
If you are a resident of BC, but live outside the Prince Rupert area, you may register for a BC OneCard. You will need to show photo ID and your library card from your local BC municipal or regional library. There is no charge for this service and you can borrow up to 10 items at any time. You may return materials at the Prince Rupert Library or your home library.

Library Cards for Non-Residents
Library cards are available for visitors and non-residents for a fee of $25 with 6 months access to borrowing privileges.

October 2011 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting

October 3, 2011


Adrienne Johnston, Paul Kennedy, John Martinson, Helen Moore, Lianne Gagnon, Tim Macdonald, Lynne Graham,Vernon Barker, Joe Zelwietro

  • Agenda adopted
  • Joe gave Librarian Report and the matters were discussed.
    • It was agreed that proper thanks go to RTI for their donation of the funds to purchase the 25 Playaway units.
    • Dec. 10, 2011 is the date of the Friends of the Library Christmas Carol Reading (with CBC staff) fund raiser.
    • Regarding the Facility evaluation process, Joe will develop a Request for Proposal to obtain some professional services. Motion moved by Paul K., seconded by Lynne G., passed
    • It was mentioned that Joe might be able to learn something from the upgrading experience that the Museum of Northern BC
  • There was an in-camera part of the meeting wherein the Board discussed the matter of compensation for Joe Z who is Acting Chief Librarian.

January 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting

January 9, 2012


Adrienne Johnston (AJ), Paul Kennedy(PK), Helen Moore(HM), Tim Macdonald(TM), Lynne Graham (LG), Joe Zelwietro (Acting Chief Librarian)

Meeting started at 7:30 pm

  • Discussion of upcoming budget presentation to Mayor and City Council. Acting Chief Librarian is ready and will be accompanied by two Board Members on behalf of Board Chairperson.
  • Discussion of Library Modernization Project
    • Library staff have met and come up with ideas, concerns, goals and criticisms of the present Library building and services. Two things will be be done with these notes. They will be circulated among Board members and they will be summarized for a future Board visioning session with a facilitator. Acting Chief Librarian has had preliminary conversations about the project with a local facilitator John Farrell, general manager of Community Futures and the two primary partners of Bing Thom Architects. Board members have a concern that a full and worthwhile vision development of a new or refurbished building will take a greater amount of time than we have available at this stage. To ensure the Board uses the present PRPA funding in the best way for the Library the Board has decided that we focus on determining whether our building can be renovated to meet the Library needs. The library needs will be described in the Scope of Work created by the Chief Librarian and given to the engineering firm. To this end the Board has passed a motion: That the Acting Chief Librarian contact Coast Isle Engineering for a professional assessment; forwarded by AJ, seconded by LG, Passed.
  • In-camera meeting

February 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting

February 20, 2012


Adrienne Johnston (AJ), Paul Kennedy(PK), John Martinson (JM), Helen Moore(HM), Tim Macdonald(TM), Lianne Gagnon (LG), Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian)

Regrets: Vernon Barker, Lynne Graham, Joy Thorkelson

Meeting started at 7:05 pm

May 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting Minutes

May 29, 2012


Lianne Gagnon (LG), Lynne Graham(LyG), Paul Kennedy (PK), Adrienne Johnston (AJ), Tim Macdonald(TM), Helen Moore(HM), Joe Zelwietro (JZ, Chief Librarian)

Regrets: John Martinson

Meeting started at 7:05 pm

  • Acceptance of the Minutes of the April 16, 2012 Board meeting (LG, HM, passed)
  • A request to clarify a matter on the Agenda by LyG, Discuss the BTA report as well as the PRPA's response to Library's Phase II proposal (LyG , HM, passed)
  • Agenda accepted
  • There was a discussion re: the Prince Rupert Library Annual General Meeting. It was decided to hold the meeting on September 10th at 7pm.
  • Discussion of possibility of Chief Librarian and Board Member going to City Council to thank Council for annual grant and give Council update about the Library Activities. There was agreement that this was a good idea and Joe will arrange the meeting.
  • Discussion about arranging meeting with PRPA representative to understand PRPA's plan re: Cow Bay Development and the Library. Joe will arrange meeting time and place.
  • Update to the Board re: budget expenditures so far this year and progress report on Library circulation and activities
  • Distribution of Trustee Handbooks to Board members
  • Board members were photographed for Library Board Members page.

Library Board Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. Next meeting dependent upon whether a special meeting is held in June. Dates to be announced through future email to Board members.

June 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting

June 12 2012


Adrienne Johnston, Paul Kennedy, Helen Moore, Lianne Gagnon, Tim Macdonald, Vernon Barker, Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian), Kathleen Larkin (Deputy Librarian)

Regrets: John Martinson, Lynne Graham

  • Tonight's meeting focused on the presentation by Andrew Hamilton, Director of Business Development for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, detailing the Cow Bay Development project and its significance to the Prince Rupert Library. Andrew gave a detailed overview of the OMB (architectural firm) preliminary vision of the Development and spoke of the importance of a community institution the development. Board members asked various questions about the nature of the role of the Library in the development. As the project is still in early days there was no cost details or other precise details. The Board was informed that if it chose to involve the Library in the project the next step was to prepare an 'Expression of Interest' and submit that to the Port Authority. The Board is considering the matter.
  • The Board is considering another matter after a request from the City of Prince Rupert. City is asking for input about whether institutions and groups receiving community grants would like to receive grants for multiple years rather than single year grants as is presently the case. The board members are considering the request and will send their responses to the Chief Librarian who will aggregate them and forward them to the City.
  • Four Board members whose terms have expired were informed and given the email address of who in the City to write in order to obtain a further two-year term on the Library Board.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 pm. Next Meeting at 7pm Monday July 16.

October 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2012


Adrienne Johnston(AJ), Paul Kennedy(PK), Helen Moore(HM), Peter Maksymyszyn (PM), Tim Macdonald (TM), Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian) (JZ)

Regrets: John Martinson(JM), Vernon Barker(VB)

  • Board members accepted the Agenda. Moved by PK, seconded by PM. Accepted.
  • Trustees directed the Chief Librarian to ask City Council Representative Joy Thorkelson how the City Council's consideration of the Library Board's request is developing.
  • The Board accepted the Librarian's Report and Board Chair's Report presented at the Library Annual General Meeting. Moved by PK, Seconded by AJ. Accepted.
  • The Board accepted the Library and Budget update presented. Moved by AJ, seconded by PM. Accepted.
  • In-camera meeting began. Board announces that Joe Zelwietro has successfully completed his probation and is officially the Chief Librarian of the Prince Rupert Library.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 pm. Next Meeting at 7pm Monday November 19.

November 2012 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting Minutes

November 19, 2012


Adrienne Johnston(AJ), Paul Kennedy(PK), Helen Moore(HM), Tim Macdonald (TM), Joy Thorkelson(JT), Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian) (JZ)

Regrets: John Martinson

March 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2013


Adrienne Johnston(AJ), Paul Kennedy(PK), Tim Macdonald (TM), Peter Maksymyszyn (PM), Brent Patriquin (BP), Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian) (JZ)

Regrets: John Martinson (JM)

Meeting commenced at 7:07 pm.

  • Addition to Agenda. AJ requested that the Trustees accept the CV of local architect Alora Griffin for consideration.
  • Addition to Agenda. AJ requested that the Board send flowers to John and Lorna Martinson
  • Amended Agenda Accepted. Motion by PM, seconded BP, Passed
  • Motion to accept January Minutes AJ, seconded by PK, Passed
  • Discussion about SOFI and financial situation for 2013. Motion to accept the SOFI, PK, seconded by BP, Passed, 1 abstention AJ
  • Discussion about possible fund-raising, Joe is to continue work on potential of Advertising income on circulation slips, improve efficiency of casuals, work with union in coming up with solutions to funding difficulties, contact City re: funding potential wage increases. Request donations from corporations. Ask Friends of the Libraries for funds to support collection.
  • Discussion about NCLF, TOPs training and role of Prince Rupert Library trustee on the NCLF.
  • Discussion about Centennial celebrations. Possibility of Library float in Seafest parade, but we need a volunteer/coordinator. Support of Human Library Auction idea in autumn. Consider digital display rather than sandwich board for promotion. Contact Archives for centennial pictures.
  • Discussion about Global Payments terminal and associated fees. Due to loss of funds (almost 20% of our annual revenue), Board passed a motion to cease use of the terminal and no longer accept Interact or credit cards as soon as possible. Motion PK, seconded BP, Passed

Meeting Adjourned at 8:50 pm.

May 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

Prince Rupert Library Board Meeting Minutes

May 6, 2013


Adrienne Johnston (AJ), Brent Patriquin (BP), Helen Moore (HM), Peter Maksymyszyn (PM), Tim MacDonald (by phone) (TM) and Joe Zelwietro (JZ) Chief Librarian

Regrets: Rev. John Martinson

Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.

  • Motion to accept the Agenda by (AJ), seconded (PM), Passed
  • Motion to accept the Minutes of the March Library Board Meeting (AJ), seconded (BP) Passed.
  • Discussion about May 26 Centennial celebrations. Several things to be done about that and Joe will organize it.
  • Discussion about Library finances. Chief Librarian will help Board to better understand the Finances of the Library by providing printed copies of monthly Summary Financial reports. As well Joe will arrange an education presentation by the City's Accountant which will explain the financial reports to the Trustees, hopefully in September of 2013.
  • The Library AGM will be in the Library's MP room at 7 pm on Monday June 10.
  • Motion to talk about possible preservation options for the Rattenbury Plans after June 2013 put forward by (AJ), seconded (PM), Passed.
  • Joe will continue consulting with union regarding longer closing during Christmas week.
  • Joe will investigate, and if appropriate, apply to NSCU for Community Funding (May 31 deadline)
  • Board supports Chief Librarian's suggestion that the digitization of the Rattenbury plans be the legacy project chosen for the Port's “CIF” grant to the Library.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:30 pm.

NOTE: The next meeting is the Library's Annual General Meeting at 7pm on June 10, 2013 in the Prince Rupert Library Multi-Purpose room. Our next regular Library Board meeting will be announced.