Library Funding

Operational Funding for Public Libraries

Alberta Municipal Affairs provides funding to support the delivery of public library service. View the 2013-14 chart of provincial funding to municipal library boards. Public libraries must submit certain documents to the Ministry in order to trigger the provincial operating grant. More information, including deadlines and links to the requisite forms, is posted on the Grant Application for Public Library Boards website.


Under the Libraries Act, public libraries are a municipal responsibility and municipalities are expected to provide a reasonable level of support to their library boards in order to provide adequate library services within their community. In 2011, the average local appropriation to municipal library boards was $34.73, a 7.4% increase over 2010. Discover which Alberta communities provided the highest level of public library support on the Public Library Statistics website. Compare this with the 2011 Average Local Appropriation by population range and the 2011 Top 30. Find out how Parkland members funded their public libraries in 2011 from the 2011 Local Appropriation spreadsheet. A more thorough picture of library funding across the region is available on the 2011 Financial Data for Parkland libraries spreadsheet.


Funding for Library Buildings

Is your community planning to renovate or build a new library? Alberta's public libraries qualify for funding through the Alberta Lottery Fund. Libraries have found the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) and Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) to be valuable resources.

You may find additional grants from the list of possible grants available for new library construction or renovations. Libraries may partner with other organizations and municipalities for additional government grants.

Additional Funding Support Available to Public Libraries
  • Community Access Program - Youth Initiative (CAP-YI) provides employment opportunities for young Canadians.
  • Young Canada Works program gives young graduates an opportunity to gain experience in the workplace with summer jobs and internships.
  • Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) provides Alberta organizations in the nonprofit/voluntary sector a bursury for a part-time intern position for the meaningful tasks they need completed.  Upon completion of the internship, when all the agreed upon goals have been met, the student will receive a $1000 bursary from Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education.

Check out our Grants page for more resources on finding and applying for financial support for programs and projects.