About Us

library garden at entrance

We are a public library centrally located next to the firehall on 49 Avenue. We belong to TRAC via the Northern Lights Library System. The library offers informational services, public computers and Wifi, room rentals, technology help and programs.

Our library also offers borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, and eResources like ebooks, learning databases, and audiobooks. We honour The Alberta Library Card (TAL), if you have a library card anywhere in Alberta, you may borrow items here by signing up at melibraries.ca

Board

The Library Board was established through a municipal bylaw. The board exists to oversee library services as a public trust. Board meetings are open to the public on a monthly basis to oversee policy development, exercise fiscal responsibility, and ensure the library meets its service goals. The Library Board consists of 6-10 members appointed by Town Council. Are you interested in serving on the library board? Fill out an application below to join and find out more about the role of a trustee.

Apply to join the board

The board meets on the last Wednesday of the month except in December and July. The next meeting is October 28th at 7pm in the library basement.

Access Minutes and Board Documents

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Vermilion Public Library is a dedicated group of volunteers who support the library. Historically, the friends have raised and dispersed over $50,000 to the benefit of the library. If you see a piece of equipment, new technology or something new at the library there is a good chance that the friends made that possible. The friends are primarily concerned with raising funds, advocacy, and volunteer work. The only current fundraiser for the Friends is a GAIN Charity Casino held in Camrose. If you are interested in assisting the Friends in meeting their goals please contact the library manager.

Friends of Vermilion Library Executive:

  • Cathy Wolters, Chairperson
  • Pat Calyniuk, Treasurer
  • Yuliya Lundback, Board Representative

 

History

Vermilion Public Library is a member of the Northern Lights Library System (NLLS). NLLS is one part of seven regional library systems across Alberta, helping deliver library services to all Albertans, regardless of where they live. The Vermilion Public Library was established by the Frog Lake Chapter of IODE in 1931 with 113 books. In 1932 they officially founded the Vermilion Public Library and years later turned the library over to the town. From those modest beginnings to now, the IODE continues to support our Library. The Vermilion Public Library is an integral part of the Town of Vermilion, serving as a primary source of educational, cultural and informational needs. From the public access computers to our collection of books, movies and audio-books, Vermilion Residents can be proud of their library. The Vermilion Public Library is governed by a Library Board. The Board meets on the last Wednesday of of the month with the exceptions of July, August and December. The Board chairperson is Richard Yaceyko.

Covid Protocol

The library has re-opened according to provincial guidelines. Until phase 3 is announced by the province the protocol below will be observed when visiting the library:
  • Up to 15 patrons will be allowed on the main floor at one time
  • Before entering the library patrons must sanitize their hands
  • Children <12 must be adult accompanied. Families may bring 1 child (< 12) per adult (+16). Infants and children in a stroller are exempt from the total.
  • Maintain 2 meters distance by following direction and distance markers, 1 family in the kid’s area at a time
  • Do not re-shelve items after removing them from the shelf
  • All material removed from the shelf will be quarantined for 96 hours
  • Public computers are available for 1-hour with 20-minute breaks between use for sanitizing
  • The meeting room and exam proctoring is no longer available

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are you disinfecting books and other items?

According to the Government of Canada and the World Health Organization, Covid19 is transmissible on surfaces like books and movies for several days. The best practice to sanitize items is to quarantine them for 96 hours. Library staff have divided our collection into 2 areas, clean and contaminated. All items on our shelves are clean. All items returned through our book bin or removed from the shelf are considered contaminated and will be quarantined for 96 hours before being shelved.

  • How are you protecting library staff?

Staffing at the library has been reduced to minimum levels with 4 on site during operating hours. Staff are exercising proper social distancing protocol and best practices when interacting with the public, handling contaminated material, and sanitizing high touch surfaces.

  • Can we request material from other libraries?

Yes, interlibrary loans between libraries has resumed. These resources are not coming as quickly as previous to the pandemic since some libraries are not up to full service.

  • How do I order locally available material online?

When conducting a search on Tracpac, click more search options and select Vermilion as the assigned library.