Establishing a Public Library
If you are considering establishing a new public library, advice and guidance is available through the Libraries Branch.
A library can be established in two ways:
- A municipality has the power to establish a library under section 3 of the Library Act.
- A municipality may withdraw from a regional district library and establish a stand alone municipality under section 29 of the Act.
- A public library association may become a municipal library.
Regional District Library:
- Municipalities and regional district electoral areas may join together to create a regional library district under section 14 of the Library Act.
- A public library association may join a regional district library.
Public Library Association:
The Library Act no longer allows the creation of public library associations.
- If an existing public library association wishes to become either a municipal library or join a regional district library, your Library Board should contact Libraries Branch for more information.
- If a public library association board is considering converting to either a municipal or regional district library, the original Certificate of Incorporation is required. These certificates can be provided by BC Registries and Online Services.
- Requests can be submitted by email to BCRegistries@gov.bc.ca if your library has a BC Online Account set up. Otherwise a search will have to be submitted through regular mail with the applicable search fees.
- When requesting a certificate BC Registries and Online Services recommends providing the following:
- Legal name
- Incorporation date
- Incorporation certificate number
- Public Library Associations can find the necessary historical information on this document.