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Public Library

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Log into your account to renew your materials and place holds. 

As of Saturday, October 23, 2021 Yellowknife Public Library will be limited to 25 people at a time. To allow everyone an opportunity to still borrow materials and use services, we will be restricting visits to 1 hour per day with appointments required 24 hours in advance. Also, we encourage patrons to call or email in advance with their hold requests that staff will gladly make available for quick pick-up. We also have a large and varied collection of downloadable books, movies, and music!

Visitors must complete a contact tracing form before entering the library. This may be done ahead of time by clicking here. Social distancing and masks are mandatory. Patrons are encouraged to use hand sanitizer.  

Yellowknife Public Library has been proudly serving residents since 1949 and has occupied its current location on the second floor of the Centre Square Mall since October, 1990. The library works hard to support the educational and recreational reading, viewing, and listening needs of its patrons. 

The library has a rich collection of nearly 70,000 items in varied formats including print, audiobooks, e-Books, music CDs, DVDs, and much more. Online resources are available as well and include Overdrive, Lynda Library, Hoopla, Rocket Languages, the NoveList readers' advisory service as well as the Canadian Reference Centre.

In addition to these resources, the library offers a comfortable space for reading and studying. Yellowknife Public Library offers programs to Yellowknifers of all ages from babies to adults.

At Yellowknife Public Library, our mission is to help share ideas in order to unite and strengthen our community.

Please drop by and visit us soon! 


Indigenous Resources at YPL

Here at Yellowknife Public Library we are proud to support the 10 recommendations presented in the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations. As part of our efforts in helping remember, learn, heal, and move forward, we will continue to expand and promote our extensive collection of resources created by Indigenous peoples. We also have devised a list of available Truth and Reconciliation resources. The list is available here and will be updated as we acquire new resources related to this theme. If you would like these materials held for you in a learning kit, please let us know by calling 920-5642.

Online Resources Related to Truth & Reconcilation 


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Public Library Community Lounge


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 Manager - (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