Coquitlam Public Library

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Coquitlam Public Library
Coquitlam Public Library logo.png
Established 1969 as part of "Centennial Community Library" and 1978 as a separate entity
Branches 2
Items collected books, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Size 243,217
Access and use
Circulation 1,224,514
Population served 120,512 population[1]
73,524 patrons
Other information
Budget CA $4,199,977
Director Todd Gnissios
Staff 80

Coquitlam Public Library is a public library that serves Coquitlam, British Columbia and in 2008 had a budget of $4,199,977. The library was established as part of the Centennial School Library in 1969.


A public Library Board was established in 1977 and the library moved out of Centennial School and into two branches, Ridgeway and Cottonwood, in 1978. A third branch, Lincoln, in the northeast sector of Coquitlam, was opened in 1981. The Ridgeway and Cottonwood branches were eventually amalgamated when the City of Coquitlam built the Poirier Branch in 1989. The Lincoln Branch was moved to City Hall in 1998.[2] The Poirier Branch was extensively renovated and expanded in 2008-2009.

On February 16, 2011 the city announced that it had purchased the ground floor portion of a building two blocks south of City Hall to serve as the new City Centre Public Library.[3] The new location nearly triples the library's space to 31,000 square feet, and the $15 million cost for the facility and expansion came primarily from revenues collected from Boulevard Casino.[4]


Coquitlam Public Library provides a variety of materials and services, including:[5]

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • DVDs, music CDs, books on CD
  • Downloadable audiobooks and e-books
  • Free wireless and internet access computers
  • Book drops


The library has two branches:


  1. ^ BC Stats: 2007 Municipal Population Estimates Retrieved on 17 February 2009
  2. ^ City of Coquitlam: 2008 CPL Annual Report
  3. ^ City of Coquitlam: City of Coquitlam Purchases Building for New City Centre Library 16 February 2011
  4. ^ The Tri-City News: New library branch for Coquitlam City Centre 17 February 2011
  5. ^ City of Coquitlam: Libraries Retrieved on 4 January 2009

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