Centennial Celebration

In 2013, Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) proudly celebrates 100 years of serving the literacy, information and entertainment needs of our great city! SPL recognizes its growth from modest beginnings as a small reading room to a flourishing organization serving the community with eight locations. Throughout the year we invite everyone to learn about SPL's vivid history and take advantage of the many celebratory programs and events to help commemorate this momentous occasion.

Centennial Year at a Glance


SPL rings in the New Year announcing its centennial.


In recognition of the chief librarian's appointment in February 1913, SPL honours administrators over the past 100 years with the Century of Leadership wall of fame on display at Frances Morrison Central Library and online.


On March 6, 1913, the Library opened as a reading room in the basement of Oddfellows Hall. Today the library continues to serve as a community gathering place, as well as providing a range of services, free programming, and resources. Look how much we've grown!

April / May

Memories of the past 100 years are captured in a special centennial exhibit from Local History in The Gallery at Frances Morrison Central Library. The exhibit devotes sections to the eras of the seven library directors and the various library locations. This historic retrospective recalls, for instance, the days when long-playing vinyl records were the norm and when the card catalogue was discarded for computers. While those aspects have changed, what hasn’t changed is the continuing need for more space, and the unfailing and superlative service.

SPL: 100 Years in Pictures runs April 24 – June 20 in The Gallery at Frances Morrison Central Library. Reception, April 24, 7 – 9 p.m.

On May 26, 1913 the library opened for book circulation. SPL celebrates its birth month with centennial parties planned at each location on Saturday, May 25, 1 – 4 p.m.

June / July

SPL's ever popular summer programming is kicked in to gear getting patrons of all ages involved in the celebrations!


Patrons caught a glimpse of PJ the Pelican at the Exhibition Parade, and the TD Summer Reading Wrap-up Party. PJ was dressed to the nines and celebrated with the community!


The celebration continues with our excellent variety of regular fall programming.

October / November

One of the most exciting and enduring centennial projects is a book about SPL's history. Author, Ruth Millar, historian and former head of Local History, has written a lively and compelling account of the library's past 100 years.

The book focuses on the library's social history and features a chapter for each of the seven chief librarians, highlighting the key events that happened during their tenure. The library's vivid history is told through photographs, archival information and charming anecdotes.

The book is funded through a combination of library funds, donations and book sales and  is published and designed by Coteau Books. The book officially launched November 7. Find out more about the book and how to get your copy here


Celebrations wrap up and SPL looks forward to what's in store for the next 100 years!