Mission and Role
The mission of the Public Library Service is to provide an efficient and effective public library service to meet the needs of Islanders for information, education and recreation through the provision of access to library resources regardless of geographic location.
The Public Library Service is established under the authority of the Public Libraries Act. It has responsibility for the operation of the public library system of Prince Edward Island and for provision of library technical services to provincial schools. The legislation formalizes the partnership arrangement by which libraries have been operated in the province since 1933. The provincial government, through the Public Library Service provides the materials including books, recordings and other items; staff of the branch libraries; and technical services for the system. Communities have the responsibility of providing and maintaining facilities in which to house the library and provide library equipment such as shelving and seating.