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People at the Library


Library Staff

Chief Librarian Joe Zelwietro
Deputy Librarian Kathleen Larkin
Children's Beth Dimond
Cataloging William McDuff
Reference/ILL Lou Allison
Technical Will Matheson

Lisa Latimer
Duncan Calder
Katie Arendt
Mercedes Taylor


Internet Policies

Headphones are available to purchase for $2 at the front desk.

Violators of this policy may be banned from computer use.

Usage Policy

The Prince Rupert Public Library provides public Internet access to information and resources to meet the educational and recreational needs of the community.

Unlike book publishing, the Internet is an unregulated, changing environment of information. It offers a wealth of material from around the globe, from different cultures and individuals. The Library recognizes that the Internet is a global computer network with no central control over content. The Prince Rupert Library does not censor, filter, or protect users from information which may be offensive, inaccurate or controversial. As with book material, the Prince Rupert Library is not responsible for the content of this material.

Users and patrons are responsible for deciding what type of material they wish to access.

Parents and guardians, not the library or staff are responsible for the children and their use of the Internet, just as they are responsible for the use of their library cards. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions as they would monitor a child's television viewing.

Patrons are responsible for their own activities while on the Internet and must respect intellectual, copyright, property, and privacy laws of Canada. Library computers may only be used for legal purposes, and violations of the law may be subject to prosecution. The library is a public place and others may view what is on your screen. It is not acceptable to display content that may be offensive or harassing to others.

Access Policy

To deal with all patrons in a fair manner, The Prince Rupert Library will allocate Internet access in the following ways:


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


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 telnet 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


Prince Rupert Library
101 6th Avenue West
Prince Rupert BC V8J 1Y9

Phone: 250-627-1345

Fax: 250-627-7851

E-mail address: info@princerupertlibrary.ca

(If the link does not work for your system's configuration, you can copy the e-mail address into your program or service to send us a message.)

The Library is on the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and McBride Street (Yellowhead Highway 16).

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

  • Chelsea Keayes, Board Chair
  • Andrea Wilmot, Vice-Chair
  • Nick Adey, City Council Representative
  • Cary Dalton, NWLF Representative
  • Brent Patriquin
  • Dale White
  • Glenn Groulx
  • Stephanie Lysyk



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 (5 at a time), Videos (5 at a time), CDs (5 at a time), and Talking Books (5 at a time).