To develop strong libraries that are dynamic community destinations for knowledge, inspiration, innovation and cultural awareness.
Mackenzie County is located in the north-west corner of Alberta and is the largest Municipality in the Province.
It covers approximately 80,000 square kilometers, which is bigger that the Province of New Brunswick.
Total County population is 10,927 (Federal 2011 Census).
The Mackenzie County Library Board (MCLB) was jointly created by the Province and Mackenzie County on November 12, 1998. The MCLB has three libraries under their umbrella located in the Hamlets of Fort Vermilion, La Crete and Zama City. Our large rural population, great distances between library service points, and a large non-county population make the delivery of library services a challenge.
In the fall of 2013 the Mackenzie County Library Consortium was formed, this enables our three libraries in partnership with High Level Library to offer a higher level of service to all our patrons. It eliminates jurisdiction of resident or non-resident and we are excited for the upcoming possibilities of adding new and expanding services.
The MCLB is made up of Council appointed representatives from across the region. The MCLB is made up of appointed members from:
- 2 from the La Crete Area
- 2 from the Fort Vermilion Area
- 1 from Rural High Level Area
- 1 from the Zama Area
- 1 from County Rural
- 2 County Representatives
Our member terms are staggered. We have 3 year, 2 year, and 1 year terms. The allows continuity to the service provided to the region.
The MCLB is ultimately responsible for Library Services in the region; and for the best possible service to all patrons the MCLB holds Operating Agreements with the three local Library Societies. The Societies operate the Libraries on a day-to-day basis, follow Policy set by the MCLB, adhere to strict budget parameters and meets the needs of the individual communities they serve.
The MCLB also has a Partnership Agreement with the High Level Municipal Library in which we forward funding to provide service to County Residents.
In the Fall of 2013, the MCLB initiated the Mackenzie County Library Consortium (MCLC). This newly expanded service will link our libraries together for the first time, offer expanded services to all our patrons, and give us the ability to explore larger scale partnerships.
The MCLB published a plan in 2013 which provides direction for the consortium and describes its objectives through 2018. Download the 2013 – 2018 Plan of Service.