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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Alberta Ancestors  by Arlene Borgstede. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).


University Libraries (Continued)

The Buchanan Library - Lethbridge Community College

The Buchanan Library - Lethbridge Community College
3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 1L6
Telephone: (403) 320-3355

Although the library’s large collection is geared to course material offered at the college, it also contains a wide range of general interest material. Also included in the library services area is ample study and reading space, lounge area and typing rooms.

Collection Resources

  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
  • large collection of periodicals
  • selective depository of government documents
  • audiovisual collection of approximately 7,000 items
  • CD-ROM databases


  • open to the public
  • most resources circulate
  • reference assistance
  • online searching
  • photocopying service
  • CD-ROM stations—downloading and printing
  • Internet—downloading and printing
  • electronic journals

Red Deer College Library

Red Deer College Library
100 College Blvd.
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H5
Telephone: (403) 342-3344
The library is open to the public, however, to borrow materials, you must purchase a library card. Resources
  • atlases
  • map collection—old and recent
  • current telephone books for Alberta
  • directories—Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, others
  • reference books (a limited number on genealogy)
  • Peel Bibliography (original at University of Alberta)
  • internet stations

Red Deer College Library shares its catalogue with the consortium NEOS, which includes 20 colleges, universities, government departments and hospitals primarily north of Red Deer.

Other Libraries

Heritage Library of the Society for the Retired & the Semi-Retired

Heritage Library of the Society for the Retired and the Semi-Retired
3rd Floor, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2E5
Telephone: (780) 423-5510
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am-3:00 pm


  • 2000 volumes on Alberta history and local histories
  • photographs
  • biographical sketches—15 albums indexed

The Library is open to the public but books can be borrowed only by members of the Society for the Retired and Semi-retired or members of any Edmonton Senior’s organization.

Law Society Library

Law Society Library
2nd Floor, Law Courts Building
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0R2
Telephone: (780) 422-2342
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:15 am-6:30 pm; Friday 8:15 am-5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A repository for legal texts. Of interest to genealogists are the Canadian Law Lists from 1923 (incomplete) providing information on practicing lawyers, arranged by province, then locality. Also some American and International lists.

To obtain additional information on Alberta lawyers, check with The Law Society of Alberta in Calgary (1-800-661-9003).

Provincial Legislature Library

Provincial Legislature Library
216 Legislature Building
10800 97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
Telephone: (780) 427-2473
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm; when Legislature in Session: Monday to Wednesday 8:15 am-6:00 pm; Thursday- Friday 8:15 am-4:30 pm; closed Saturday and Sundays

Located on the main floor of the Legislative Building, the Provincial Legislative Library maintains the best collection of Alberta newspapers. A computerized index identifies the community and years available (from early 1900). Some are available on microfilm which are available through interlibrary loan.

  • microfilm reader/printer
  • local histories
  • biographies of Alberta MLAs and Lt. Governors

There is no staff available during evening openings to access microfilm, however, they can be obtained by phoning beforehand to have them ready for your visit.


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Research: Alberta Ancestors

offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at 

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.