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Award of Merit for Building Projects

Tommy Douglas Library Receives 2010 B.C. Library Association Award of Merit for Building Projects

Tommy Douglas Library

The Tommy Douglas Library opened on November 20, 2009. Since then, the branch has proven to be very popular with the public. Its beautiful, environmentally friendly, functional design won the facility a prestigious award from the B.C. Library Association.

The library board is very proud of Burnaby’s library facilities, in particular the new Tommy Douglas Library in the Edmonds Town Centre. This library was was designed to be inclusive and flexible to serve a very diverse neighbourhood. In April 2010, Burnaby Public Library was awarded the B.C. Library Association’s Award of Merit for Building Projects for the Tommy Douglas Library. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in a library building project.

Attracting more people to Burnaby Public Library’s collections, programs and services is and continues to be one of the Burnaby Public Library Board’s highest priorities. In 2010, there were more than 3.5 million visits (in-person and virtual combined). Almost four million items were borrowed, an increase of close to five per cent over the previous year. Programs for adults, families and children continue to be a focus. In 2010, nearly 5,000 adults participated in 250 programs and over 40,000 children attended 960 programs. The redesign of the library’s website has also proven to be very successful, with visits to the site up more than 65 per cent. Also impressive is the near doubling of items (from 2006 to 2010) teens borrowed, jumping from 61,924 to 119,682. Finding new ways to better serve Burnaby’s diverse community was another key priority. In spring of 2010, the library launched its Chinese online catalogue, making adult titles in Chinese much more easily accessible. The library also began cataloguing adult titles in French in 2010, and these items are also now accessible via the online catalogue. In the fall, the library introduced “my first language kits”, a family literacy initiative designed primarily to reach new immigrant families with young children. Available in 25 languages, these kits provide parents and caregivers with materials and information to support home language development and cultural identity.

Burnaby Public Library by the Numbers

In 2019, more than three million items were checked out, and 1.8 million in-person visits were made to the four branches. Burnaby Public Library hosted 1,194 programs and gained 23,037 new library users. Nearly 5,000 people visit Burnaby Public Library every day. More about Burnaby Public Library