In 1779 Governor Frederick Haldimand founded the first subscription library in Québec City. Canada's small libraries were mostly held by rich families or religious institutions, and the general public was not admitted.
Due to Canada's size and diversity, the development of the modern Canadian public library was more of a slow evolution than a quick transition…. The public library therefore took on many forms in Canada's earlier years; the three most prevalent of these forms were school-district libraries, Mechanics Institutes, and association/social libraries.
Read more on the history of libraries in Canada at Wikipedia
An initiative of the Powell River Literacy Council the book exchange are mini-libraries where people can leave books already read and pick up new ones. In addition to encouraging literacy through reading, a goal of the initiative is to get neighbours talking.
The Powell River Public Library is the best deal in town. Anyone can walk in, pull up a chair and enjoy our books, magazines, free WiFi or public computers. Library cards are free to area residents and enable you to borrow from our collections of books, magazines, DVDs and more.
The Texada Library is a volunteer-staffed community library that maintains a permanent collection of donated and purchased fiction, non-fiction and reference books, plus videos, CD’s, DVD’s and books-on-tape. Any resident or visitor to Texada Island may borrow circulating Library materials. Free Internet access is provided at the Texada Library with the assistance of the Powell River Regional District. Access is via satellite and includes Wi-Fi, which is available in the parking lot even if our Library is closed.