The Didsbury Municipal Library has a longstanding history in Central Alberta of providing excellent service to the community. Established in 1908 by Didsbury Councillors and business people, the Didsbury Free Library was the first town in Alberta to earn a grant under the Public Libraries Act, granted by Premier Rutherford in 1909.
Over the years, it has become increasingly apparent that our community requires a larger facility to meet the needs of our residents. In the past five years alone, the demand for library services has steadily increased. Between 2013 and 2018, cardholders increased by 7%, visitation grew 8%, and program attendance soared 104%.
The community has recognized the increasing pressures on the Didsbury Municipal Library and facilitating the library expansion was included on the Town of Didsbury Strategic Plan for 2017-2027. In preparation of this work, the Didsbury Municipal Library conducted a Facility Needs Assessment through Avid Architecture Inc., which recommended exploring a new construction project rather than a renovation project.
As a result, the Didsbury Municipal Library and Town of Didsbury are committed to a larger facility that will continue to provide accessible and innovative programs and services to our community. These services include backpacks filled with books and engaging pre-literacy tools, MakerSpace technologies and equipment lending, outreach services to care facilities, and eResources.
A new facility is required to continue offering exceptional services to our residents. Please consider supporting us with a donation as we work towards our goal of a new library facility for Didsbury.