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Renewals

Telephone Method

Feel free to call the library at 250-627-1345 and we will happily renew your items for you over the phone.

Online Method

  1. Browse to the Library Catalogue
  2. Click on the "My Account" link
  3. Enter your username/barcode
  4. Enter your password ** If you need or have lost your password, please phone 250-627-1345 or come to the library during open hours to receive a new password. **
  5. Click on "Items Checked Out" and check off the items that you want to renew using the checkboxes on the right
  6. Click " Renew Selected Items" button

Screenshot Example

Holds

How Do I Place a Hold?

  1. Search for the desired item in the Library's Catalogue
  2. Click on "Place Hold" link on either the Search Results page or the Record Summary page
  3. Screenshot Example

  4. Enter username or library barcode (located on the back of your library card)
  5. Enter password ** If you need or have lost your password, please phone 250-627-1345 or come to the library during open hours to receive a new password. **
  6. Click on the Login button
  7. Notice on the Place Hold screen that there are options to turn on/off phone and email notifications and to change the phone number to use for notification of this hold.
  8. To complete the placing of the hold, click on the "Place Hold" link

You will be notified by email or by phone when your item is available for pickup. Items must be picked up within 7 days of the notification.

Home Services

Home Delivery Service

Who is eligible for the Home Delivery Service?

Home service is available to anyone who, due to illness, injury or permanent disability, is unable to come to the library on their own.

All the resources of the library are available to you and we will deliver to your home any books, music, videos or magazines that you request.

To receive Home Service or if you need more information on any of these services, please call the Library at 250-627-1345 during library hours or e-mail us via our Contact Page.

Internet Services

The Prince Rupert Library is connected to the Internet via a highspeed ADSL line.

The library provides free wifi as well as eight public internet terminals. Everyone is allowed one 30 minute session per day free-of-charge. Once you have used your free turn you can purchase additional time for $1.00 per half hour. The terminals also provide access to word processing and spreadsheet software.

We presently do not provide scanning services, telnet access, downloading or FTP access.

For more information, read our Internet Usage Policy.

Internet Service Charge :
Internet Access: $1.00/½ hour
Printing Cost: $0.25/page B&W, $1.00/page Colour

Prepaid Internet Cards :
6 Hour Card: $10.00 (save $2.00). You will pay for 5 hours and get 1 hour free.

InterLibrary Loans

    1. What is an Interlibrary Loan?
    2. What kinds of materials are available through Interlibrary Loan?
    3. How do I make an Interlibrary Loan request?
    4. How much does an Interlibrary Loan cost?
    5. How long does it take to get material on Interlibrary Loan?
    6. How do I renew an Interlibrary Loan book?
    7. What about overdues and lost books?
    8. Contact us about Interlibrary Loan

What is an Interlibrary Loan?
If you need a book, magazine article, microfilm or other information not available at the Prince Rupert Library, we will try to get it for you from another library. Through our interlibrary loan department we can obtain materials from public, college, university and government libraries, as well as a variety of other agencies. We search for items in B.C. libraries first, then across Canada and further afield if necessary.

What kinds of materials are available through Interlibrary Loan?
We can process requests for books, photocopies of magazine articles, reference material and microfilm (newspapers and archives). We can also search a subject for you if you don't have a specific reference. Some items are not available through interlibrary loan. These include audio-visual items, complete issues of magazines, new books and reference books.

Contact Us

Location

Prince Rupert Library

101 6th Avenue West

Prince Rupert, BC   V8J 1Y9

Phone: 250-627-1345

Fax: 250-627-7851

Send us an email

 

Hours of Operation

Monday 1 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 9 pm
Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Library Board

Board Meeting Minutes Library Policy The Effective Board Member

 

About the Board

The board is made up of eight citizens, appointed by Mayor and Council, and one Council representative.  The Chief Librarian serves as Secretary.  The Prince Rupert Public Library Board is a corporate body responsible for the operation of the library.  It operates under the authority of the British Columbia Provincial Statue, Library Act.

Board Members

  • Glenn Groulx, Board Chair
  • Joy Thorkelson, City Council Representative
  • Barry Cunningham, Alternate City Council Representative
  • Brent Patriquin
  • Devlin Fernandes
  • Dale White
  • Andrea Wilmot
  • Jagdev Uppal
  • Chelsea Keays
  • Stephanie Lysyk
  • Cary Dalton

 

Borrowing

Borrowing Limits

Patrons can borrow up to 50 items at one time, but are limited to 3 items per subject, author, or series.  Limits also apply to DVDs (3 at a time), Videos (5 at a time), CDs (5 at a time), and Talking Books (5 at a time).

Library History

 

Reading Room

1913

Prince Rupert's first library originated as a Municipal Reading Room located beside the Fire Hall on Fulton Street. The reading room opened its doors in 1913 with a stock of magazines and newspapers -- most of them in foreign languages -- and became a favourite haunt of men off the boats and the older men of the city looking for the latest news and gossip.

 

 

1922

As the city continued to grow and thrive, the citizens of Prince Rupert realized the need for an official library. After a whirlwind campaign for a bylaw to form a public library, the Prince Rupert Public Library came into existence as a one room shack, lined with shelves and heated by a large wood and coal pot-bellied stove. Old Libraries It was located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, where the City Hall fountain exists today. Miss Cruikshank managed a small, but growing collection of books, raised by an appeal for donations. After one year, the library had 1300 borrowers and circulated approximately 3000 books per month. People predicted it to be "influential in the life of the city."

Mission Statement

The Prince Rupert Public Library's Mandate Is To:


  • Assemble, preserve and administer, in organized collections, books and related educational and recreational material, in order to promote, through guidance and stimulation in the communication of ideas, an enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.
  • Serve the community as a centre of reliable information
  • Support the educational, civic, and cultural activities of community groups
  • Provide opportunity and enrichment for children, young people, men and women to educate themselves continuously
  • Seek continually to identify community needs, to provide programs of service and access to meet such needs, and to cooperate with other organizations, agencies and institutions which can provide programs and services to meet community needs

Source: (Prince Rupert Public Library Board, Statement of Policy, 1990 (Part 1.1 a-f))


 

The Prince Rupert Library believes in the right of all citizens within our communities to access all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity.  We follow the Canadian Library Association's Statement on Intellectual Freedom.  For further details of the CLA's position please see:

CLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom

CLA Statement on Internet Access