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Library Events and programs (in person)  have been suspended until further notice as the City prepares for the potential impacts of COVID-19. Please check out our online storytimes under online resources and our Do-It-Yourself Storytime program under the Children (birth to 12 years old) section below.

For the latest information and to find out what the City is doing in preparation of COVID-19, visit

 The library is happy to offer the following programs for adults, children, and teens.

Photo Gallery: YPL Programs will appear here on the public site.


Book a Librarian

Yellowknife Public Library offers a fast growing collection of online resources, including ebooks and audiobooks. We invite you to meet one-on-one with a librarian to learn how to download e-books, and Audiobooks from the library's collection onto your e-reader, mobile device, or laptop.

You can also learn how to use the library's other great digital resources including Rocket Languages and Freegal Music.

To book your session call the library at 920-5642. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ASSIST YOU VIA EMAIL OR PHONE.


Colour Me Happy

Colouring is a great way to de-stress and have fun! Check out our selection of colouring sheets and supplies for adults & teens in the magazine area. Plus, you can submit your masterpiece for a chance to win a great book bundle! SUSPENDED TILL FURTHER NOTICE

Children (birth to 12 years old)

Do-It-Yourself StoryTime

You provide us the theme, and we will provide you the books, song & rhyme booklet, and a craft (with supplies excluding basics like scissors, glue, and      crayons). You host the program at home!

  • Storytime package is geared to children 3-6 years old.
  • We require a week’s notice to prepare.
  • Please call 920-5642 to fill out registration form or visit the program section of to obtain a form and email to                         
  • We will contact you to book an appointment to pickup your storytime package by signing out on your library card
  • Have fun and make any day a Storytime day at home!!

Do-It-Yourself StoryTime Registration Form:

Click here for form

Tuesday Toddler Time  18-36 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Let your toddler explore the world through stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs that reinforce language development and learning. This lively and interactive program offers special one-on-one time for children and their caregivers. Admission is free. The programming will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Library Meeting Room



Wednesday Pre-School Story Time 3 - 5 years (Drop in: No registration required)

Story Time is a fun way to introduce your child to the joys of books and learning. Join us for stories, fun, and crafts in the library meeting room. We ask that a parent or caregiver attend with the child. Admission is free.

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Library Meeting Room



Thursday Baby Time 0 - 18 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Join us for a program that introduces you and your baby to the joy of music, rhyme, lap play, and more. This early childhood literacy program is for children aged 18 months and younger and their parent or caregiver. Siblings welcome. Admission is free. The program will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Library Meeting Room



TAILS: Read to a dog!

Children aged 6‐12 can practice their reading one‐on-one

with a specially trained St John Ambulance therapy dog.

Reading to a dog is calming and reduces anxiety. It is perfect for shy or less confident readers.

Sessions are 20 minutes long, between 1pm ‐ 2pm on Saturdays.


Call 920 5642 or email to register



Teens (12-18 years old)




 February, 2021 YPL Visual Arts Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork for our visual arts contest!

All Contest Submissions: Display

Adult Winner: Kalem Loomis 

Youth Winner: Sarephine Connell

Older Children Winner: Annika Halstead

Younger Children Winner: Sebastian Bernabe

 January, 2021 YPL Short Story Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted short stories for our writing competition. Our judges were blown away by the talent of our Yellowknife writers. The winning stories are available here for everyone to enjoy!

Adult Category:

The Feast by Amber Henry

Teen Category:

Raided by Zach Chung

Child Category:

Stuck in LA by Pontiac Mace

Photo Gallery: Yellowknife Public Library Events will appear here on the public site.


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699