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NLLA Offering Reduced Membership Rates for 2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 NLLA Conference, the NLLA is offering reduced membership rates:

  • Librarians: $20 Now $15
  • Library Technician/Library Assistant: $15 Now $5
  • Student/Library Supporter: $10 Now $5
  • Retired Librarian: $10 Now $5

Please consider joining or renewing your membership to help support your library association during this time.

NDP Letter to NLLA

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Libraries Matter!

Thank you to the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party for showing their commitment and support to the Newfoundland anf Labrador Public Libraries.

Letter from Alison Coffin, NL NDP [link to PDF].

Newfoundland & Labrador Election 2019

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Libraries Matter!

All candidates have been sent letters regarding their stance on the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries, and whether or not they will follow through with the EY Organizational and Service Review recommendations, as laid out in the Future State Plan.

Letter to Dwight Ball, Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Alison Coffin, New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Ches Crosbie, Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Graydon Pelley, Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance

If you want your candidate to know that Libraries Matter to you, fill out this form and all responses will be forwarded to the party leaders.

NLPL Budget Request

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA) is pleased that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is invested in the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL), something exemplified by the spending of almost $250,000 on an organizational and service review of the NLPL as a whole by an external source in 2016.

The recommendations from the EY report have been encapsulated in the Future State Plan, and now the government must truly show they are invested in our provincial libraries by increasing the budget by $1.7 million, bringing the total  budget to just under $13 million.

The EY Report found that, per capita, NLPL is the least well supported library system in Canada.  The requests detailed in Phase One of the Future State Plan, such as increases to library hours, library materials, and programming, as well as improvements to technology, and library leadership, will be the first step in reaffirming the Government’s investment in Public Libraries in this province.

Please see links for correspondence with the Minister of Education Early Childhood Development;

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Thank you to our Sponsors










SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available please contact Catherine Lawton ( or Donna Inkpen ( for details.

NLLA Board Game Social & AGM

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Come one, come all to the NLLA Board Game Social & AGM! This is NLLA’s 50th Anniversary – so come hear about some of the upcoming business and events that we will be pursuing in 2019.

While we intend to organize more social gatherings in the upcoming year, we’ve decided to take this opportunity to combine our first social event of the year with the regularly scheduled AGM – this event is scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019, from 3-6PM, in the Community Room of the A.C. Hunter Public Library at the Arts and Culture Center in St. John’s. The AGM segment of the meeting will begin at 4PM. You are under no obligation to stay for the entirety of the event – pop in to make the rounds, stay for the whole event, or come just for the AGM segment.

We will have refreshments (coffee/tea + snacks), and a selection of board games to try out, courtesy of the newly added Board Game Collection housed at the AC Hunter Public Library.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to at your earliest convenience so we are able to confirm attendance numbers.

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NLLA Book Face Contest

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It’s Canadian Library Month! Enter the NLLA Book Face Contest by uploading your Book Face photograph to social media (either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) with the hashtag #NLLAbookface. Prizes will be drawn throughout the month of October for some sweet, sweet library swag!


What is a Book Face?

It’s a photograph where the cover of a book lines up with a person’s face or body, creating a funny/cool/cute/terrifying result!

NLLA Response to the Future State Plan for the PILRB

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Last spring the much anticipated Ernst and Young (EY) report on the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB) was released. The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA) saw many gaps in that report, which left more questions than answers. The association has expressed concerns with this report when it first came out.  However, one major EY recommendation with which the NLLA agreed was the need for a multi-year plan that detailed how to resolve existing challenges in the underfunded PILRB.

The much anticipated response from PILRB to the EY report, the first Future State Plan, has now been released and is currently with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development awaiting budgetary approval.

The Future State Plan is a multi year approach to fixing the system and starts with a 1.7 million increase. This is not new funding; it is a restoration of funding provided to the PILRB prior to funding cuts in 2013. As the plan indicates, these additional funds are essential in order for the PILRB to increase library hours and staffing throughout the province; and to invest in new books and library resources.

The NLLA believes that the Future State Plan is a great start, and we hope to see our provincial government invest in the future of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador, by first accepting all budget recommendations outlined in this document.

The NLLA will review this document extensively and respond with further inquiries and thoughts in the coming weeks.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association recognizes and would like to commend all those involved in the substantial work that went into the Future State Plan. We look forward to engaging in collaborative discussion on the future of public libraries in the province.

Deadline Extended for Annual Poetry Contest

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Our Annual Poetry Contest is back! This year we are looking for rhyming poems that revolve around the theme “A Visit Will Get You Thinking”. We will have four separate categories for students; Primary (k-3), Elementary (4-6), Intermediate (7-9) and Secondary (10-12) where students have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack. Winners will be announced on CBC radio’s morning show November 13 and featured on the NLLA website and social media.

All entries must be submitted by November 3, 2017. They can be emailed to or mailed to:


PO Box 23192

Churchill Square

St. John’s, NL

A1B 4J9

Letter from NLLA on the Suspension of the Library Closures

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nllalogoWhile the announcement of the suspension of the library closures, which would have seen 54 of 95 branches close over the next 2 years, is encouraging, there are still a number of questions and concerns. NLLA has written the following letter, reiterating the need for a transparent process and offering assistance in the external review.

Dear Minister Kirby,

Irreparable damage would be caused to the communities and citizens of this province by the closure of over half of our libraries. It is not a matter that should be taken lightly and we are encouraged by your recent announcement to suspend the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library closures. The reaction against the proposed cuts has been overwhelming and we are pleased that you have acknowledged the concerns by holding the cuts until further examination of the library system is conducted.

It is essential that a holistic and transparent assessment of the NLPL system is undertaken to fully understand the implications of the suggested cuts and to identify the best future for the library system. Although the formation of an external committee to complete an assessment is a positive step forward, the NLLA would also like to stress the importance of consultations with communities, librarians and library workers, and stakeholders when conducting this analysis.

Communities have been fighting on behalf of their libraries since the closures were announced. Not only must they have a voice in the process, their needs and concerns must be taken into account in the final report. Consultation and transparency will be key for success.

Furthermore, librarians and other library professionals are essential to this process, and our expertise should be used to its fullest during the course of this review. Our association members have graduate degrees in Library Science and other academic credentials, plus years of experience as librarians and library workers. As professionals in our field, we have many professional connections, both within the province and nationally. We would also be pleased to suggest names for consideration for the committee. Our association is eager to assist the committee directly and through our network of library professionals.

Subsequent to the initial announcement, it has come to light that the firm EY will be conducting the external review. This firm is most commonly associated with financial reviews. While we understand that the financial situation of the province is dire, it is important to recognize not only the financial side of the library system but also the underlying values libraries bring and support, including all forms of literacy and social values, to their communities. Therefore, it is even more important that the members of the external committee can understand, explain and communicate these values.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library system has been chronically underfunded, but we remain optimistic that a thoughtful and comprehensive assessment will lead to an improved library system worthy of the citizens of this province. We look forward to being a part of this process and are happy to meet with you, members of the NLPL system and the PILRB, and the external committee to discuss the future of our libraries.


Krista Godfrey
NLLA President, 2016-17