All Library branches are closed until further notice. 

Regular Hours

City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 - 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 - 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 - 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 - 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 - 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 


Be a Reading Buddy

Reading BuddiesReading Buddies is a paired reading program that matches teens in high school with kids in grades 1 to 4. It's a great way for kids to practice reading, and for teens to accumulate volunteer service hours. 

Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. Application forms are released about a month before the program begins.
Who can be a Reading Buddy?
Big Buddies must be at least 14 years old and in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. Little Buddies must be in grades 1, 2, 3 or 4. For the summer sessions, we will accept applications for teens who have finished grade 8, and kids who have completed Kindergarten. 

When do the Reading Buddies meet?

During the school year, teens and kids meet from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. During the summer, meetings are a bit earlier in the day, often from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. 

Next Sessions: Winter 2020

City Centre Branch, Room 137
Thursdays, Feb. 6 to March 12
4:00 - 5:00 pm 
Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 to March 11
4:00 - 5:00 pm
How can I join the Reading Buddies?
Pick up an application form at the Help Desk at either branch of the Library, or print out an electronic copy in the space below. If you don't see links to the forms, it means the ones for the next session are not ready yet. The winter session applications will be available in late December 2019, between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Child application form

Teen application form

The deadline to apply for the winter session is Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Teen volunteers who are new to the program will be required to undergo a criminal record check at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment. 

Since Reading Buddies is a one-to-one reading program, a volunteer is needed for every child. If more kids than teens apply, the library will determine successful applicants by doing a lottery-style draw. Any children not selected are placed on a wait-list. All applicants will be notified of their child's status. 

For more information, contact librarian Chris Miller: 604-554-7339 or

Library staff supervise the Reading Buddies. Parents of Little Buddies must remain in the Library during meetings.

Library Locations
Poirier Branch
575 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, BC
V3J 6A9

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC
V3B 0Y1
604-554-READ (7323)