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Years of Service in the Community
In 1972, a group of concerned Strathcona County
residents decided it was time for their community of
roughly 26,000 to establish its own library. They formed
a committee, created a petition, and by December of
1973, had convinced County Council to give the necessary
legal sanction to appoint a library board.
Soon after, Heather-Belle Dowling assumed the position
of Director and was tasked with the creation of a new
library. On Valentine’s Day in 1977, the County of
Strathcona Municipal Library welcomed the community to
its 18,000 ft2 home in the newly-constructed County Hall
in Sherwood Park.
By 1981, the library’s Bookmobile was on the road making
regular weekly stops to serve the County’s many rural
By 1992, with both the library and County Administration
bursting at the seams, the library re-located just down
the road to a 32,000 ft2 leased spot in the Sherwood
Over the next few years the original Bookmobile was
replaced, the library was renovated, and the County’s
population boomed to nearly 83,000.
In 2006, demand for service had again outgrown available
space. County Council approved the construction of a new
multi-use Community Centre next to the original County
The new building would include a secure indoor garage
for the library’s newly created low-floor, solar-powered
and accessible Bookmobile, and meant that the library
could finally come back to its home at the heart of the
In November 2010, we opened the doors to our new library
in the Centre in the Park.
Learn more about the new library...