Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council

Conseil provincial et territorial des bibliothèques publiques

Provincial and Territorial governments are responsible for legislation and policy that governs the library systems of Canada. Provinces and Territories may also provide libraries with financial assistance, advice, training and other support. In some jurisdictions, the provincial government manages all library services directly.

The Provincial/Territorial Public Library Council members are the 13 provincial and territorial library agency directors. Since 1978, the members of the Council have been working together to improve the Canadian public library system by:

  • Sharing the experience, information, skills and resources of the public library agencies for Canada’s provincial and territorial governments;
  • Coordinating cross-jurisdictional initiatives;
  • Facilitating communication between provincial Governments on shared library issues;
  • Reporting to the adhoc committee of Provincial and Territorial Deputy Ministers responsible for public libraries; and
  • Acting as a provincial and territorial contact point with national library organizations and the federal government.

PTPLC Member Links:


PTPLC Directors’ Group