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History of the Library

Radium Hot Springs Library was established on February 15, 1994 and was located at the Radium Elementary School. The Library consisted of one wall of donated books from local residents. The Library quickly outgrew its space and on May 6, 1995, the Library relocated to the Radium Community Hall. The Library was housed in a small corner room upstairs and was operated for limited hours by volunteers.

The Library continued to grow and in 2006, it became British Columbia’s newest Public Library. At this time, a Board of Trustees was formed and a Library Director was hired on a part-time basis. Still the Library grew—and in June 22, 2008, the Library moved to a larger space. The new premises were three times the size of the old space, thanks to the generosity of the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the provincial government. The Library was housed at #2 Radium Plaza on Main Street West.

The Library converted to a comprehensive computer system in 2011 and added a Facebook page and a website that includes a complete catalogue of available books including e-books, several databases for patron use, and interlibrary loan service.

The Library runs several programs a year (e.g., Summer Reading Club, children’s craft sessions), and hosts authors as well as book sales. The Edgewater School and the Library continue to work together on reading and art projects.

On July 2, 2018, the Library moved to its current space in the new Radium Hot Springs Centre located at 4863 Stanley Street. With this move, the Library expanded its space, its open hours, its staffing, and its programming. We invite you to become a member of the Library and enjoy our open and inviting venue.