Reopening Restrictions

The newly renovated John M. Cuelenaere branch of the Prince Albert Public Library is now open for regular Fall/Winter hours.
Bernice Sayese Centre and Saskatchewan Polytechnic locations will reopen at a later date.

The library is coordinating its pandemic response with other city facilities. Some services are affected:

1) Public computers will not be available.
2) Photocopying services will not be available.
3) Public Seating will be kept to a minimum.
4) Building occupancy will be limited to 50 members of the public.
5) Members of the public entering the building will have their temperature taken.
6) Public washrooms will not be available.
7) Meeting rooms and the theatre will be made available later.
8) Library programs will commence later.
9) Members of the public are required to wear a mask inside the library at all times. Please do not remove your mask once you enter the building. You will be asked put it back on or leave. Enforcement is permitted under the Public Health Act.
10) Members of the public are encouraged to keep their visits as short as possible.

We are pleased to still be offering our Curbside-Pick-up Service

Family Literacy Week









January 24th to January 30th

Join our library to celebrate this year’s Family Literacy Day theme Travel the World Together!  The government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed January 27th as Family Literacy Day and the week of January 24th to 30th as Family Literacy Week.  

We’re very pleased to have award winning Canadian author Marie-Louise Gay join us for this special event!  Marie-Louise Gay is a noted writer of the Stella and Sam series, Caramba, Please Louise!, Any Questions?, Summer in the City and more!  Stay tuned to hear her read selections from her book Travels with My Family.  Check out our website or our Facebook page during the week of January 24th to 30th to watch this fantastic online video!

Also enjoy these fun literacy activities with your family: 

For interesting statistics and information concerning family literacy:


Craft-in-a-Bag – Make Your Own Monster








Would you like to have fun at home crafting with your family?  Then come to the library and pick up our craft-in-a-bag and make your own monster! You can pick up your bags beginning Saturday, January 23!

 Supplies are limited.  First come first serve.  Curbside pickup available.

Online Book Sale Auction

Thank you everyone for supporting our new online book sale auction!  Children’s picture books, young adult, adult science fiction, romance, travel, cooking, fantasy, mysteries and so much more!  We’re selling a wide assortment of discarded library material on our Facebook page suitable for all ages and interests.

Here is a quick recap of how it works: Each Monday we post 30 bundles of assorted items for your shopping pleasure. Click on the photo to view, and place your bid in the comments. Bidding closes on Sunday, and winners are notified on Monday. You are encouraged to pick up your exciting new purchases by the following weekend.  Any unclaimed items will be automatically returned to the auction. Please note that due to storage limitations, and in fairness to other bidders, we’re normally not able to hold unclaimed items past the week’s deadline. However, we do understand that life happens, so if you should find yourself in need of an extra day or two please call us at 306-763-8496, ask for Program Services, and we will see if we can accommodate you. Thanks and happy shopping!

Mandatory Masks Inside the Library

As per the November 27th Public Health Order it is mandatory for residents to wear masks in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan. This includes all Prince Albert Public Library locations. This public health order will remain in place until December 18th, 2020 before it is subject to review.

We thank you for your cooperation!

We would like to remind our patrons that masks need to be worn at all times while inside the building. If you remove your mask you will be asked to put it back on or leave.

Saskatchewan Libraries Mobile App


One province, one library card, one app! Access Saskatchewan’s public libraries’ catalogue anywhere at any time with the new app from SILS.  Search the catalogue, place holds, and renew items from this fast, easy to use app on your mobile device.

Search the catalogue:

  • Enter your search terms right from the home screen. Don’t see what you’re looking for right away? Use the filters to refine your search and get your hands on the item you want fast.
  • View an item’s holdings to find out where you can pick up a copy.
  • Place a hold to have an item sent to your preferred library for pickup once it’s available.

Manage your account:

  • Check to see if you have items ready for pickup, or overdue, and check your fines right on the home screen.
  • Renew items out.
  • View and manage your holds.
  • View your reading history.
  • View your fines details.

Access your library barcode:

  • No need to panic if you’ve forgotten your library card; the app includes a barcode image you can use to borrow materials.

Curbside Pick-up Service

Curbside Pick-up Service Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Place your hold online (click the Log In tab at the top left hand side of the screen)
Step 2: When your items are available you will get a notification via phone or email.
Step 3: Once you get your notification, call the library at 306-763-8496 to book a time for pick-up.
See pick-up times above. You will sign up for a 30 minute time slot within those windows.
Step 4: When you get to the library at the allotted time pull up to the 5 Minute Loading Zone at the North side of the building.
Step 5: Call 306-980-8496, give us your barcode number and last name. If you don’t have a cell phone you will have to knock on the door to alert us that you’ve arrived.
Step 6: Our staff will bring your items, nicely bagged up, to the table outside, set it down and go back inside.
Step 7: You grab your bag and enjoy your library books!

Our outside returns slot is open so please place any items you wish to return into the slot. If you have items that will not fit in the slot please come into the library and drop the items off at the circulation desk. Please note we must quarantine returned items for 72 hours before checking them in. Please do not be concerned if your items are not checked in right away.

We are reopen to the public now, but are continuing with our curbside pick-up service.

Register for a Library Card Online!

Register for your library card online! Click the Log-in link on the top left hand since of the menu bar. From there click the Register Now link. Or, click or tap here: Register Now to be taken to the start of the registration process.

If you live within Prince Albert’s city limits and pay your taxes to the City of Prince Albert, select Prince Albert – John M. Cuelenaere from the drop down menu. Then enter your postal code.

If you do not pay taxes to the City of Prince Albert and live within one of the nearby RMs select Wapiti – Headquarters from the drop down menu.

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will fill out your personal information. Once you have filled out that information click submit. If you have questions about how to fill in your information please visit our Facebook page and send us a message there. Someone will be happy to help you.

Once you click submit we will generate the card for you and send you the barcode and PIN for your account via email.

Archives of Sexuality and Gender

Archives of Sexuality and Gender, the largest historical collection available in support the knowledge of gender studies and sexuality education, enables academic scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, gender history, and other related disciplines of research, including gender studies research.

This growing archival program offers rich research opportunities across a wide span of human history.

The Archives of Sexuality and Gender program consists of four archives:

LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part I
LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II
Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century
International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture

Check out this database today on our Digital Library page under the Education & Research section!

Indigenous Peoples of North America Digital Archive

In honour of National Indigenous History Month JMCPL is pleased to roll out access to a new digital research tool!

Indigenous Peoples of North America provides users with a robust, diverse, informative source that will enhance research and increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada. These are the primary sources that take students beyond the facts and figures of history and into a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples.

Find it on our Digital Library page under the Genealogy & History section!