The first public library in British Columbia, the New Westminster Public Library has a long history of providing free library services. Now the library has much more than just books. Today there is a wide selection of e-books, e-magazines, books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, graphic novels, storybooks for children and multilingual collections. A library card to the New Westminster Public Library also gives members access to many electronic resources from Canadian Newsstand and Consumer Reports to Greenfile and Zinio.
For members who are always on the go, the New Westminster Public library even offers access to database apps. Anyone with a New Westminster Public Library card can access seven different databases from wherever they are! The OverDrive app gives members access to more than 15,000 e-books and 12,000 audiobooks. Zinio allows users to read their favourite magazines on their mobile devices. Press Reader allows library members to read five free newspapers every day. The Freading app allows people to download e-books for free. The OneClick Digital app grants access to more than 20,000 e-audiobooks. The Rocket Languages app allows users to learn Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Spanish and Sign Language wherever they are. These convenient resources allow members to continue learning outside the library.
An easy to use online form also means that members don’t have to go into the library to ask librarians questions. They can type inquiries about books, the website or research and a librarian from the New Westminster Public Library will respond within two business days.
The library offers a wide range of programs for people of all ages. For babies and children, the New Westminster Public Library holds spring break activities, storytime, babytime, art clubs, and book clubs. Teens can come to the library for movie nights and to participate in art projects or games nights. Members of all ages can also stop by the library for Tech Days to find out about the latest tech tools, digital collections, electronic services and apps.
If you are interested in supporting the New Westminster Public Library, you can do so in two ways: through donations or by purchasing materials through library book sales. The library accepts donations of clean books and magazines in English and French as well as CDs and DVDs.
Library cards are free to all New Westminster residents. All you have to do to get a library card is present a driver’s license with your current address or two pieces of identification (one with your current address).
For information about borrowing items and library policies, click here.