We renewed the family public library card on the weekend. This morning I used my public library membership to search for news articles using a database that the library makes available. I love public libraries.
Consider, I can walk into any of the more than 300 libraries in Alberta, I can consult with a search expert, access services and a vast collection of material, including newspaper databases. All for $20.00 a year for my entire family – a fantastic value. Some of the P. Mireaus have eReaders, so we are also able to borrow eBooks from our library without even leaving the house. This is the kind of library service that is available in Alberta even for a library in a town with a population of 1021. Fantastic. Innovative. Wonderful.
Public Libraries in Alberta have been supported by The Alberta Library since 1997. This province-wide consortium serves public libraries, regional library systems, university, college, and special libraries, allowing them to find better ways to provide services. Their mission is strengthening commnuities through collaboration and they fulfill it very well. Congratulations to TAL as they celebrate 15 years.