COVID-19 Restrictions at the Library

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 30 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 short. Under 30 minutes, if possible.

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

Aboriginal Storytelling Month Story Time – Raven Brings Back the Sun

To celebrate Aboriginal Storytelling Month please enjoy our reading of the story Raven Brings Back the Sun retold by Suzanne I. Barchers.

Aboriginal Storytelling Month Story Time – Wild Berries by Julie Flett

Please enjoy this special reading of Julie Flett’s Wild Berries in recognition of Aboriginal Storytelling Month.

Aboriginal Storytelling Month Event featuring guest storyteller Carol Rose GoldenEagle









To celebrate Aboriginal Storytelling Month we’re pleased to host two storytelling videos presented by storyteller Carol Rose GoldenEagle on our library website and Facebook page!

Carol Rose GoldenEagle is a published poet, short story writer and novelist, including the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary.  She is also an Aboriginal artist, multi-disciplined in the areas of writing, storytelling, singing/drumming and visual art.  Her artwork has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and northern Canada.  Carol’s music has also been featured on a CD of women’s drum songs, which was nominated for a Prairie Music Award.  She has previously worked as a television and radio journalist for more than 30 years at APTN, CTV and CBC.  Carol is Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan.

Please click on the following links to enjoy Carol’s storytelling until the end of February!  This event is a Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc. (LSSAP) initiative.

Naxos Sheet Music Library

Naxos Sheet Music Library

Prince Albert Public Library is pleased to announce our newest digital library resource: Naxos Sheet Music Library!

The Naxos Sheet Music Library lets you View, Print, and Perform the Music you are Listening to. You can Search and download music for nearly all instruments in multiple genres, as well as transpose the music right on the website. To make sure you are downloading the correct pieces of music there is also a MIDI file playback feature.

If you want to start using the Naxos Sheet Music Library all you need is a current Prince Albert Public Library card and PIN! Check it out on our Digital Library page under the Movies & Music section!

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Introducing the Naxos Spoken Word Library!

Dive into classic literature, read by professionals with the Naxos Spoken Word Library! This collection of eaudiobooks contains over 11,000 titles, hundreds of voice actors, and multiple languages. The Naxos Spoken Word Library has many features including bookmark, on screen text, and a mobile app available on Apple and Android products.

To access the Naxos Spoken Word Library you can visit our Digital Library page and log in with your library barcode number and PIN!

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

Saskatchewan Information Library Service Consortium Logo

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.