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Cochrane history: The public library in 1963

Every week for more than three years now, we’ve been examining Cochrane history, with the cooperation of the Cochrane Public Library through its archives. This week, an encore presentation about the history of the library itself.

Ardis Proulx-Chedore, who wears the hat of archivist among many others hats, looks back to 1963 when library hours were two to six o’clock every afternoon except Sunday; Tuesday and Friday nights from seven to nine; and Monday and Thursday from noon to one.

“Membership cards were free to all permanent residents of Cochrane as shown by current voters’ list,” Proulx-Chedore outlines.  “Residents not on the voters’ list may be vouched for by persons who are listed.”

There was no fee for a replacement, unless the library card was lost.  Then it was ten cents.

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Just like in 2020, there were fees for overdue books.

“Adults were charged two cents a day to a maximum of 50 cents per book.  Children one cent a day to a maximum of 25 cents per book,” Proulx-Chedore says.


  • Library card: Free; replacement $1.00
  • Hours Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm (Wed. ‘til 7pm); Sat. 10am-2pm
  • Overdue fees: Magazines and books $.20 per day per book; DVDs and video games $1.00 per day, maximum $5.00 for adults, $2.00 youth and children

Source: Cochrane Public Library


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