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2021 municipal election

The municipal election is Monday, October 18. Learn more about the candidates running in St. Albert, and help to ensure your candidates support the many ways the Library helps St. Albertans to thrive.  

Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy, and a tool that all citizens can use to engage in civic society. To that end, the Board of Trustees of St. Albert Public Library sent all mayoral and council candidates background information about the Library and two questions to gauge their views on the role the Library plays in the community. 

We thank all candidates for their willingness to serve the people of St. Albert in the coming four years. Find candidate forums and learn more about the candidates.

Question 1: Do you view the Library as a core municipal service?          

BACKGROUND: In a 2019 comparison of mid-sized Alberta libraries, SAPL has:

  • The highest use per capita among our peer libraries (15.1 circulations per person).
  • The second lowest cost per circulation, making it one of the most cost-effective libraries in Alberta.
  • The second highest program attendance amongst our peers.
  • More in-person visits per capita than the average of our comparators.

Question 2: Do you believe that the Library provides a good return on investment?      

BACKGROUND: SAPL is a community hub for everyone; each year before the pandemic, the Library loaned over 1 million materials, saw over 300,000 in-person visits and presented hundreds of educational programs to thousands of St. Albertans. Through the pandemic in 2020, the Library found new ways to serve our community: read more about the innovative ways the Library served St. Albertans in the 2020 Report to the Community. In 2021 the Library is focussed on helping St. Albertans recover – backing small business, helping job seekers and supporting learners of all ages.

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