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New to Whistler?

Have you just moved to Whistler for the ski season? Do you like to read, watch movies, listen to music? Do you need to update your resume? Would you like to send an e-mail to your Mom in Ontario? If so, then come on down to the Whistler Public Library and get a library card. You can come any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. But please don’t come on Wednesdays – we are closed! We would like to be open seven days a week but our budget does not allow for it. As well, it is the only day we can do any maintenance on the building and there is quite a bit of maintenance to be done, as the library is housed in four trailers which were occupied by the Post Office until 1994 when we moved in.

Every day almost 500 people use the library. To get a free library card and borrow books, videos, DVDs, audio books or magazines, you need to provide us with photo ID and proof of your Whistler residency. If your photo ID doesn’t have your current address on it, you can bring in a telephone or hydro bill, a bank statement or even the envelope you received a letter in. If you have no proof of your mailing address, we can take a credit card imprint. Then you will be able to borrow – or request – the latest book by Tom Clancy ( The teeth of the tiger ), catch up on the national and international news ( Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail newspapers, Maclean’s or Time magazines), take home a controversial DVD for the weekend ( Bowling for Columbine ) or borrow a new ski and snowboard guide ( Skiing and boarding by Peter Oliver).

If you are doing research we subscribe to three online databases of magazines, journals and newspapers. They are a remarkable source of information with no cost to the user. Ebscohost is an American database comprised of the full-text of over 3,000 journals and magazines, with back issues up to 10 years old. The Canadian equivalent is CBCA Canadian Business and Current Affairs – and provides full-text access to periodicals, newsletters, and citations for an additional 400 titles. Canadian Newstand provides access to the full-text of 15 major Canadian newspapers and transcripts of various CBC and CTV Broadcast programs.

Have a look at the library’s Web site and check out this great resource.

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