The Library is currently closed to the public but reading is not cancelled! Access your library online and via our no-contact pick-up service.
We have a full line-up of adults programs that change every two months. To see what’s on at the Library right now, take a look at the What’s On program booklet.
Drop-in computers with common software programs are available at the Library, as is wireless internet access.
We provide printing/copying for $.10/page black and white and $.50/page for colour. We can also scan and fax documents for you.
We provide research and information services to the public in-person or by phone. Library staff assists people in finding information and answers to questions using our vast reference collections.
Interlibrary loans are items that are borrowed from a library outside of the Shortgrass Library System. Alberta Relais is a great resource to explore if you can’t find the item you’re looking for.
Interlibrary loan services are provided for free to any person with a current library card, however if the lending library charges the Medicine Hat Public Library to borrow items, that cost will be passed on to the person who requested the loan. Not all items held by other libraries are available for interlibrary loan – please use the contact information below if you would like to know more about this service.
Email Interlibrary Loan
The library has microform scanner/printers that are often used by people conducting genealogical research. The library may also bring in microfilm for genealogical research through interlibrary loan.
Ancestry is available to be used inside the Library and we provide training workshops on the database often. Check the What’s On program booklet to see if a training session is coming up.
Unable to come to the Library due to physical or health restrictions? We’ll come to you!
Homebound Services links volunteers with clients to ensure that everyone has library access. Clients can use homebound services either indefinitely or on a short-term basis.
Our Homebound Services Program uses volunteers to deliver books and provide a voluntary reader service to extended care facilities, where volunteers read to patients. In addition, this service provides deposit collections for nursing and long-term care homes within Medicine Hat.
For more information or to become a Homebound Services volunteer, contact us by phone (403-502-8541) or email.
We provide equipment, accessible media formats, and services to help provide access to library materials for people with visual and/or physical impairments.
We lend out DAISY readers, talking books, audiobooks, descriptive video and more. Please contact Lynda by phone (403-502-8541) or email.
You can use your public library card to borrow college library materials. If the location is more convenient for you, you can pick your holds up from there and can drop off your MHPL materials there.
Past the south side of town there is a book drop in Dunmore for you to return your library material and past the north end of town, the Redcliff Public Library can be your holds pickup location, a place to drop off MHPL materials, and will happily honour your MHPL card.
You can find books to take, read, and share at various other locations around town. We use donations and discards to stock books at the airport, the Gas City Campground, the Remand Centre, and most recently, a selection of books can be found on city buses as a partnership project with the City of Medicine Hat.