Coquitlam Public Library
|Established||in 1969 as part of the "Centennial Community Library" and as a separate entity in 1976 with the first branches opening in 1978|
|Branches||2 full service branches + Library Link mobile service|
|Items collected||Includes books, ebooks and eaudiobooks, music, movies, video games, online newspapers and magazines, digital resources|
|Access and use|
|Population served||139,284 population|
The library was first established within Centennial Secondary School in 1969. On December 16, 1976, the municipality passed a by-law to officially create the Coquitlam Public Library under the Provincial Library Act. A public Library Board was established in January 1977 and the library moved out of Centennial School and into two branches, Ridgeway and Cottonwood, in 1978. Cottonwood was moved to the nearby Burquitlam Branch in 1980. A third branch, Lincoln, in the northeast sector of Coquitlam, was opened in 1981. The Ridgeway and Burquitlam branches were eventually amalgamated when the City of Coquitlam built the Poirier Branch in 1989. The Lincoln Branch was moved to City Hall building in 1998. 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 Branch. The new location nearly tripled 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 the Hard Rock Casino. The City Centre Branch opened at 1169 Pinetree Way in November 2012.
Coquitlam Public Library also operates a mobile library service called Library Link which provides library services to eight different locations throughout the city each week. Library Link also attends various special events throughout the community.
The library has two branches and the Library Link mobile library service:
- Coquitlam Public Library: Annual Report 2018  Retrieved on 2 June 2019
- Statistics Canada: Census Profile, 2016 Census - Coquitlam Archived 2017-03-17 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 16 July 2017
- City of Coquitlam: City of Coquitlam Purchases Building for New City Centre Library Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine 16 February 2011
- Tri-City News: New library branch for Coquitlam City Centre Archived 2016-10-28 at the Wayback Machine 17 February 2011
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