In 1986, 21 municipalities formed a partnership that created Peace Library System (PLS). They believed access to library services should be equal and universal. They wanted to ensure the patrons in small, rural libraries had the same high-quality library service enjoyed in larger, urban centres. Funding for Peace Library System is provided by municipalities, member library boards, the province, and by contracts-for-service with a number of school authorities.
The Peace Library System service area covers over 92,000 square miles (24 million hectares) with a current member population of over 175,000 in 38 municipalities and one Métis settlement.
Peace Library System is working to ensure that its member libraries remain the essential information centers of their communities.
Connecting libraries, people and resources through teamwork, technology and training
All residents of northwestern Alberta will have equal access to excellent library service.
WE BELIEVE THAT: access to library services should be equal and universal. This is accomplished through sharing and cooperation.
WE BELIEVE THAT: sharing resources provides efficient use of community resources. As a library system, we can provide more effectively a pool of knowledge and expertise and organize the sharing of those resources among members.
WE BELIEVE THAT: a library system is only as effective as its members. The members are joined together in a federated system, rather than the system existing as a single entity outside the membership. By using the energy, input and support from the local level, each member has a say in running the system.
Peace Library System acknowledges Treaty 8 territory as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta. Peace Library System libraries are located on territory that provided a travelling route and home to many Indigenous peoples.
Peace Library System services are designed with the needs of our member public libraries in mind.
Working cooperatively with municipalities and public libraries, Peace Library System stays on top of the trends and changes in the library world to assist libraries in offering the best possible services to their patrons.
Participation in Peace Library System offers many advantages to member libraries: