The Chinook Arch Regional Library System is a network of independent, cooperating libraries in the southwestern corner of Alberta. Headquartered in Lethbridge, Chinook Arch serves the residents of 39 municipalities across the South.
Formed in 1992 after an extensive needs assessment process, Chinook Arch provides training, consulting, IT support and centralized purchasing, cataloguing, and processing, and delivery services.
Chinook Arch Regional Library System card holders have access to almost 900,000 items, almost 20,000 digital magazines, and a growing e-book and digital audiobook collection. In addition, they have access to a Library to You service, a multilingual books collection, and access to the holdings of every library in Alberta via The Alberta Library. Ask your local librarian for more information.
In 2011, Chinook Arch staff:
- ordered 37,758 items;
- catalogued 69,722 items;
- made 4,032 delivery stops;
- delivered 685,642 items to member libraries;
- responded to 2,573 questions from member library staff;
- helped libraries share 307,960 items across the region.
Chinook Arch also hosts an annual conference for local librarians and trustees.
For more information about Chinook Arch, please call 403-380-1500 or visit the contact us page.