What We Do

What We Do

The Northern Lights Library System (NLLS) is one of seven regional library systems across Alberta, dedicated to delivering comprehensive and efficient library services to all Albertans, no matter where they live. By working together, NLLS libraries in northeast Alberta achieve far more than any single library could alone. Our member libraries independently manage their collections, staffing, budgets, and policies. However, collectively, we offer:

  • Access to a Combined Inventory: Patrons enjoy a vast selection of materials and services across all member libraries.
  • Unified Voice: We represent a strong and united voice in provincial library initiatives.
  • System-wide Support: We handle back-end services, allowing member libraries to focus on local customer service.
  • Resource Pooling: We maximize value and minimize costs by pooling resources.
  • Support for Modernization: We help member libraries stay current in our ever-evolving knowledge-based environment.

Located in Elk Point, our headquarters is staffed by a team of library specialists who coordinate NLLS functions and assist member libraries in various ways:

  • Consulting Services: We offer expertise in services, governance, resources, collections, facilities, technology, and programs.
  • Central Ordering and Processing: We handle the ordering, cataloguing, and processing of library materials.
  • Reference and Information Services: We provide comprehensive reference and information support for member library staff.
  • Delivery Services: We ensure efficient delivery of materials between libraries.
  • STEAM Kit Lending: We support programming and outreach with STEAM kit lending.
  • Staff Education and Training: We offer continuous education and training opportunities for library staff.
  • TAL Card Program Membership: Our membership in The Alberta Library (TAL) card program grants privileges at other Alberta libraries.

NLLS serves 61 communities and 50 libraries, encompassing a population of 179,743. This includes seven First Nations and four M├ętis Settlements with a combined population of 15,616.