History of the Library

The Lillooet Area Library Association was established in 1990, after a separation from the Thompson Nicola Regional District library services.  It operates three branches in Lillooet, Gold Bridge and Shalalth (Bridge River Power Site) serving people of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD)– Areas A and B, and Lillooet. Our service area includes 4,500 people, with approximately half belonging to the St’at’imc Nation.  Our programs have always targeted literacy skill building for the pre-school children in our communities and since 2008 we have offered literacy support for adults.

Also in 1990, the Lillooet Library burned to the ground in its new location in the REC Centre.  Over the next decade, the collection was re-built with special attention to the First Nations collection and the Children’s area.

We are happy to acknowledge the support from Industry Canada in the establishment free Internet access and wireless service in all three of our libraries.  Also to be commended is BC Hydro, who gave us a home in their town-site at the Bridge River power site (Shalalth), and who continue to be our major supporter in that community.  We wish to thank the SLRD for housing the Gold Bridge Library in the civic building with the Post Office and the Ambulance Service.