Library facility reopens to public

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The Cochrane Public Library has re-opened its doors to the public following the recent relaxation of certain provincial public health restrictions.

Libraries throughout Alberta were permitted to reopen, with the Nan Boothby Memorial Library (the physical building of the Cochrane Public Library) officially welcoming Cochranites as of 10 a.m. on March 4.

There are health considerations that Cochranites will still need to adhere to. A maximum of 10 patrons are permitted at a time, with visits limited to a half-hour. The usual requirements of masks, hand sanitization and physical distancing are all in place.

While the building has sat closed to the public for much of the past year it’s still been a hive of activity, with staff working to facilitate telephone & online programming and a popular curbside pickup program for their extensive collection of literature and non-literature.

The library noted that the curbside pickup option will continue.


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Library card registrations can be done either online at or at the building (405 Railway Street West, COLT bus stop nearby). The library is offering three-month memberships or renewals, an offer that’s been in place for most of the pandemic.

Library cards are available to all Cochranites and residents of parts of Rocky View County including Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, Springbank, Bearspaw and Elbow Valley (proof of address required at registration). Aside from the current offer, annual library cards are normally $20 for adults, free for children with an adult, and discounts are available for seniors, students and families.

People feeling ill (or those just looking to stay comfortable at home) can check out the extensive online collection available to cardholders instead. It includes access to digital media, thousands (maybe millions?) of book and magazine titles, and high-value skills courses.

The library will operate from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

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