Regional district considering a third library for Kamloops

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District will next year conduct a feasibility study for a new library in Kamloops.

TNRD CAO Sukh Gill told KTW the study will allow the regional district to assess need for a third location, as well as size and location before applying for grant funding the following year.

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Kamloops currently has two libraries, one located downtown on Victoria Street and the other in North Kamloops on Tranquille Road. While Gill said the study will provide details of a possible location, he also added it would likely be on the South Shore. 

“It’ll be Sahali, Aberdeen,” Gill said. “South Shore. We don’t know.”

The TNRD is also looking to add a library at Sun Peaks.

Gill said the Sun Peaks branch has been on the TNRD’s books for about five years. 

“They need to tell us kind of where they want to do it, how they want to do it,” Gill said. “The money’s been put there already, it’s been sitting aside.”

Gill said the TNRD continues to be in discussion with the resort municipality.

“I think they want to do a multi-use kind of a building and they’re not quite there yet,” he said.

Sun Peaks mayor Al Raine said the municipality would like to see the library built in conjunction with a school. He said the municipality suggested to the TNRD holding off on the library, while talks continue with the school district.

“I would hate to build the library in one location and have the school two kilometres away,” Raine said.

Libraries are located in every incorporated municipality in the TNRD, while a mobile book bus visits rural and under-served locations in the region.

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