Welcome to the Association of British Columbia Public Library Directors (ABCPLD)

 “Leaders think for themselves, and they don’t always do what they’re told. They learn, and weigh, and decide. They create the future. (Tresse to Rachel in “Building Harlequin’s Moon,” by Nevin and Cooper)

ABCPLD is a gathering place for sharing, asking questions, and supporting each other in our journeys in our broader communities.  The association provides:

  •  Leadership for representing the public library sector to governments
  • A communications network through in person meetings twice a year and online tools
  • A venue for knowledge sharing of promising practices and idea generation for cooperative solutions among libraries
  • Professional development sessions on topics of high interest to the membership
  • An annual Award of Excellence to recognize outstanding leadership in library advocacy, innovation, and/or contribution to the library community

We share the privilege of working in much beloved community institutions that are built on a tradition of values, trust and public service and present opportunity for a promising future. Our environments are forever changing, requiring us to stay current on practices and trends and make decisions about what to implement and when, for whom, at what cost and with what funding.

ABCPLD is where we meet as colleagues. With a common understanding of the challenges, opportunities and demands of our positions, we are compassionate listeners who respond thoughtfully.


BC Public Libraries 2020: Video Debut


The Association of BC Public Library Directors (ABCPLD), the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), the BC Library Association (BCLA), and the BC Libraries Cooperative, collectively the BC Public Library Partners, are proud to announce the debut of “BC Public Libraries 2020”, a short film supporting the “$20 million in 2020” advocacy campaign for the restoration of provincial library funding.

The BC Public Libraries 2020 video was made possible with the support of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Fall 2019 Professional Development

Fall 2019 Pro D

LOCATION: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Downtown Vancouver


Thursday, Oct 24

  • 10 – 11:30 am: Networking
  • 11:30 – 12:45 pm: Catered Lunch
  • 1 – 3:30 pm: Business Meeting
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: VPL Inspiration Lab Tour
  • 5 – 7 pm: Group Dinner at a local restaurant

Friday, Oct 25 (the timing may change depending on speaker availability)

  • 9 – 11 am: Topic #1 – Board Development (from Director’s perspective)
  • 11 – 11:15 am: Break
  • 11:30 – 1 pm: Topic #2 – Relationships & Influence
  • 1 – 2:30 pm: Lunch on your own
  • 2:45 – 4:45 pm: Topic #3 – Labour Relations