History

Drayton Valley Municipal Library is proud of its library services!  
1957
The Library started out as a volunteer project in 1957 by the Women’s Institute and had its humble beginnings in a vacant school classroom. 
1959
The Library relocated to the Town Administration building and became a Municipal Library, the Drayton Valley Municipal Library.
1977
Now called the Drayton Valley Municipal Library, it joined with the Yellowhead Regional Library.
1980
The library again moved to larger premises.
1988
The Library moved to a totally new redesigned building at the Drayton Valley Civic Centre.
1989
The Library officially opened for business at the current location in the Civic centre. The year 1989 also marked the introduction of technology. Circulation of books became automated! 

Since 1989 technology has and continues to play a significant role in the operation and services of the Library.
1994
The Drayton Valley Municipal Library achieves the distinction of being the first and only library in Canada to offer individual dial-up internet service to the public at large. This was achieved through a joint partnership with the Drayton Valley Municipal Library, the Town of Drayton Valley, the Roman Catholic Separate School District and the Internet Centre of Edmonton.

This unique service was conceived and implemented by the library well before the Community Access Program (CAP) was launched.

The Town of Drayton Valley provided funding for the project and the Internet Centre of Edmonton provided the connection to the internet via a high-speed line. With the establishment of DVnet, Drayton Valley became the first rural town in Alberta to have and provide dial-up internet access to its residents!  This unique marketing arrangement, together with two others, earned the librarian, Nesen Naidoo, the Creative Librarianship Award in 1994.

The Library in Drayton Valley was also the first in Alberta to offer the services of an in- house Bookshop.

The Library received the Library Association of Alberta (LAA) Award of Excellence in Library Service for our children’s program, “Battle of the Books.” 

2007
The Library celebrated its 50th anniversary.
2011
The WOW Van(Words On Wheels) was launched. A mobile library! Now we could bring library materials to our Lodge residents and surrounding communities.