New Brunswick Public Library Service
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The New Brunswick Public Library System strives to provide equitable access to a provincial collection of more than 1.9 million items, as well as to programs and services ranging from story hour to public lectures to services such as reference, Inter-Library loan and public access workstations. These programs and services are designed to respond to the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of residents of the province. The library system supports economic and social development and promotes self-reliance by providing opportunities for New Brunswickers to enhance their knowledge and their creative capabilities.
The New Brunswick Public Library System is a partnership between the provincial government and participating municipalities. The provision of public library services is regulated by the New Brunswick Public Libraries Act.
Every public library has a board of trustees consisting of three to nine members. Board members are appointed by the municipality, which acts as a partner. The public library boards may:
- Represent the interests of the community to the municipal authorities and to the provincial government;
- Promote libraries to their communities;
- Accept and administer donations, bequests and gifts;
- Raise funds for the library;
- Propose ideas and work with library staff to develop programs;
- Develop collections of special local interest (in consultation with the Regional Director and with the approval of the Executive Director of NBPLS) and;
- Recruit volunteers to assist with the provision of library services.
Members of local public library boards can belong to the New Brunswick Library Trustees Association, Inc.