About Us

Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library
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History

The Slave Lake Municipal Library opened in 1974 and was originally housed in the local high school. In 1981 the library was able to separate from the school and open in its own space. That space was small and required patrons to climb a steep set of stairs. Wanting the library to be accessible to all, the Town of Slave Lake built an addition of 4000 square feet to the town office in 1985 and the library had a new home once again. In 1998 the Town of Slave Lake and the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River formed a joint board that would govern the Slave Lake Municipal Library as well as the Smith Community Library and the Flatbush Community Library.

With the growth in the population of Slave Lake and the addition of new technology to the library in the form of public computers, it became evident that the Slave Lake
Library was no longer large enough to accommodate the needs of the community. Fundraising started in 2007 to build a bigger library which was attached to the new
Government Centre and Town offices. This centre is a hub for the community and is in a convenient location so the library is easily accessible to everyone. The new building opened in December 2009. During the fire of May 2011, the Town offices and library were destroyed. The library borrowed a bookmobile for the summer of 2011, and was then moved to a temporary location, which opened in January 2012. The library re-opened at their pre-fire location in June of 2013. The library currently serves the Town of Slave Lake and MD 124 with a combined populaiton of aproximately 10,000.

The Slave Lake Municipal Library currently houses 36,887 items.

PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE

The Slave Lake Regional Library Board exists and maintains its service:

1. To promote and keep alive a lifelong love of learning

2. To promote an enlightened citizenry and keep alive the positive use of people’s
imaginations

3. To provide the best possible service at all times to all persons, recognizing the
“Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” and the “Canadian Library Association
Statement of Rights and Freedoms” as fundamental to the provision of that service.

2014 Operating Budget

Slave Lake Municipal Library

                   $388,830

Smith Community Library

                     $28,169

FlathBush Community Library

                         $27,241

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