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Inuvik Centennial Library

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Library

The Inuvik Centennial Library, located at 100 Mackenzie Road, is a prime source of northern information and a hub of community activity.

To view our collection, please visit the NWT Public Library Services website.

Hours of Operation
Winter Hours (September to May):

Monday to Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (June to August):

Monday to Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Services

The Library offers a variety of services:

  • Free computer and WiFi use.
  • Vicki Billingsley Community Room - available for free to non-profit groups to use for meetings or for rent for a nominal fee to other organizations.
  • Free Interlibrary Loan services for items from other libraries both within the Northwest Territories and all over Canada.
  • Printing and photocopy services in both black/white and colour.
  • Digital media readers to transfer pictures to the internet or disk for storage.
Contact and Booking Information

For more information or to book the Vicki Billingsley Community Room, please contact the Library at:

Phone: 867-777-8620
Email: bgarven@inuvik.ca

Programs

Programs are available for children of all ages:

  • After School Programs daily 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the school year.
  • Reading Rascals - every Monday at 10:30 a.m. except Statutory Holidays for children aged 0-6 and their parents.
  • Ready for Reading - every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for children aged 0-6 and their parents.
  • Books-in-the-Home - a program for children aged 4-12 and their parents - Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for 6-8 week series.
Collection/Dick Hill Northern Collection

The Library houses:

  • A collection of over 30,000 items including a 10,000 item collection officially designated the "Dick Hill Northern Collection", donated by Dick Hill, the first Mayor of Inuvik and an avid collector of anything Northern: books, articles, reports, maps, site plans, oil and gas hearings, artifacts and more.
  • A collection of art work and photographs related to Inuvik and its people, including the building of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church (the "Igloo" Church).
  • A large collection of DVDs to borrow including a collection of DVDs related to the North.
  • A large selection of magazines and northern newspapers.
  • Slide collections of historical interest.
  • A collection of the Funeral/Memorial programs of people who have passed away from the Town of Inuvik and the Beaufort-Delta region.
History

Inuvik has a long history of Library service: 

  • The first Library was established in the late 1950s in a small room beside the stage in Sir Alexander Mackenzie School with books donated by the Aklavik East Home and School Association. Many of these books are still on display at the Library.
  • With Canada's Centennial celebrations coming in 1967 funding was announced for community projects to celebrate this important Canadian milestone. A plebiscite was held in 1966 and the Library project was the winner.
  • The centrally located Library building (now the site of the Inuvik Community Corporation building) was completed and officially opened on January 15, 1967.
  • Library services continued to grow and a target collection of 10,000 items was soon met and surpassed. Space in the building was extremely tight and the search for a new location began.
  • In 1994 the Town of Inuvik acquired the old Liquor Warehouse (right next door to the existing Library) and in 1995 renovations of the building began.
  • The Library moved into its current space with the official opening of the current building on June 20, 1996.