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History of the Library

Susie Atkinson

Susie Atkinson

The first Library in St. Albert was a travelling collection operated by Susie Atkinson in the 1930s. Mrs. Atkinson would obtain books from the Department of Extension at the University and circulate them from her home or at various gatherings and meetings in the community.

From 1946 to 1967 the embryo library, under the initial sponsorship of the Women's Institute, had a number of homes, including the Farm Produce Office on Perron Street, Mr. Benoit's butcher shop, the Community Hall and the Town Hall. In 1961 the Town Council established a municipal library under the Provincial Libraries Act. In 1967 the St. Albert Public Library opened in its own building on Glenview Crescent. The rapid growth of the City soon rendered the building inadequate and a new library was included in the plans made in the late 1970s for a Civic and Cultural Centre. In March of 1982 the Library moved to an interim site at 31 Fairview Boulevard, and in December 1983, opened in St. Albert Place.

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