Medicine Hat Public Library

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Medicine Hat Public Library
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Medicine Hat Public Library
Established 1915
Location Medicine Hat, Alberta
Branches 1
Items collected Books, pamphlets, CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, online resources[1]
Size 196,390
Access and use
Members 10,389
Other information
Director Shelley Ross
Staff 50
Website Medicine Hat Public Library
View of the inner atrium

Medicine Hat Public Library is a public library located in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. It has over 10,000 annual members throughout Medicine Hat. It is a member of the Shortgrass Library System and The Alberta Library.

Backing onto the scenic South Saskatchewan River, the library is located across the street from the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre and next to the Court of Queen’s Bench on First Street S.E. in downtown Medicine Hat.


  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases e.g. Consumer Reports, Mango Languages, etc.
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks

General information[edit]

The dual-level facility, renovated in 2008, features a children’s library, dedicated young adult section, adult fiction, movies, music and audio books on the upper level. The main checkout, self-checkout kiosks and the Information & Memberships counter are located on this level as well.

The lower level is home to the reference collection, adult non-fiction, periodicals, microfilm readers and public computer terminals. The 180 seat theatre and both the Honor Currie and Legion meeting rooms are also found on this level.


Medicine Hat Public Library is a member of "The Alberta Library", a province-wide system that allows access to material from every member library in Alberta.

Energy conservation[edit]

The City of Medicine Hat installed a one kilowatt solar electric system on the roof of the library during the summer of 2006. The building now draws part of its electricity from the solar panel.[2] Power generation from the 1 kW solar panel array is performing as expected.[3] The historical measurements of the solar array are within expectations consistent with theoretical calculations used in methods provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.[4] In the first 5 years of operation, the solar array generated 5-6 thousand kWh. Not considering upfront capital and installation costs, the total associated electrical energy consumption savings are approximately $600–800 over the same time period. The amount of electricity generated can also be viewed in real time.[5] The project cost approximately $15k.

Statistics 2012[edit]

Library In-person Visits: 240,513
Library Virtual Visits: 269,614
Items Borrowed: 507,542
Library Members: 10,589
Total of all Collections: 166,580
Items Lent to Other Libraries: 28,382
Programs: 797
Program Participants: 17,367
Public Internet Use: 25,768 sessions
Reference questions Answered: 18,733
Volunteers: 151; 2721 hours


  1. ^ "Resources Management Policy". Medicine Hat Public Library. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Protecting our environment at MHPL". Medicine Hat Public Library. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Medicine Hat Library Board Minutes June 2007". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "NREL PVWatts". National Renewable Energy Labortory. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Alberta Solar Municipal Showcase". Climate Change Central. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  6. ^ "2012 Public Library Survey and Annual Report of Public Libraries in Alberta". Government of Alberta, Municipal Affairs, Libraries Branch. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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