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Library Hours

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 8pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • The Library is closed on statutory holidays and holiday weekends
  • 1051 Victoria Street
  • Trail, British Columbia V1R 3T3
  • Located in the Trail Memorial Centre
  • Phone: (250) 364-1731
  • Fax: (250) 364-2176
  • Email:

After School Club

Open to all school aged children

Join us Tuesday afternoons for stories, fun games and special activities!

Spring programming starts Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

Tuesdays 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Program runs during the school year.

When school is closed or cancelled, there is no program.

No Registration required


Build It

Summer Reading 2015 theme is ‘Build It’ Open to children ages 6 to 12.

Sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with
 the assistance of Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education and the RBC Foundation

Illustrations by Shayne Letain © 2015 Materials design by Roger Handling


Register Today – Come in or call 250-364-1731 to Sign-Up for programs. New this year an additional Registration Form, fill out online then email to or fill out at the Library.

Check out Summer Reading links. Build It different, build your imagination, tell your story and build for fun.



  • Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm
  • Summer Reading Club
  • Ages 6 to 9 years
Date Theme
Jul 8 Build the Future – sci-fi/futuristic technology Field Trip starts at Royal Theatre at 12:30 p.m. Children need to be picked up at the Theatre at 2:30 p.m.
Jul 15 Build Your Story – biography, journals etc.
Jul 22 Build it Yourself – crafts, DIY
Jul 29 Built to Last – architecture/structure
Aug 5 Build Your Imagination – fantasy/animation etc.
Aug 12 Build for Fun – games, puzzles, LEGO etc. Field Trip starts at Royal Theatre at 12:30 p.m. Children need to be picked up at the Theatre at 2:30 p.m.
Aug 19 Build a Mystery – mystery and horror
  • Thursdays 1-2:30 pm
  • SRC & Camp Cowabunga
  • Ages 6 to 12 years
Date Theme
Jul 9 Build the Future – sci-fi/futuristic technology
Jul 16 Build Your Story – biography, journals etc.
Jul 23 Build it Yourself – crafts, DIY
Jul 30 Built to Last – architecture/structure
Aug 6 Build Your Imagination – fantasy/animation etc.
Aug 13 Build for Fun – games, puzzles, LEGO etc.
Aug 20 Build a Mystery – mystery and horror

Are you going anywhere around the world or visiting people from other countries? We are looking for interesting textiles and artifacts for the fall and winter After School Club.

Click here to see the Mother Goose program schedule.

Click here to see the Creative ABCs! program schedule.


Gadget Instruction

What is a Gadget?

A "gadget" refers to a small handheld device or a portable computer.

What are the benefits of gadget instruction?

We offer gadget instruction in an effort to help you access books and information more effectively. We can teach you how to use your device to download library materials, access library resources online, and improve your ability to find information.

How much does it cost?

Appointments are free for library members.

How do I register for a Gadgets appointment?

You can telephone, email, or speak to us in person to arrange a date and time for your appointment.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Bring your gadget! If you do not have a gadget, we can provide instruction and allow you to borrow gadgets we have on hand at the library.

What will happen during my appointment?

We offer individual assistance by appointment. The aspect of your gadget that we talk about is up to you. Most often we help patrons use our online resources, such as eBooks. Before handling your device, you will need to sign a waiver releasing liability.

How long are appointments?

In most cases, we limit appointments to 30 minutes.


The Advocacy Centre

An advocate from The Advocacy Centre visits Castlegar and Trail every month.

The advocate can discuss income assistance, disability income assistance, landlord/tenant problems with tenants, family law information, and accessing Legal Services information and resources.

Advocacy Centre schedule for December 2017 - March 2018


(at the Community Services building 1007 Second Street)
on the following Thursdays

  • December 21
  • January 11
  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • March 29


(at the Trail FAIR building 2079 Columbia Avenue)
on the following Mondays

  • December 18
  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • March 5
  • March 19

Appointments are encouraged as we cannot always accommodate drop-ins.

The Advocacy Centre is a program of the Nelson CARES Society

Contact Information


BC Library Book Club Sets

View the list of Book Club Sets (in PDF).

What is a BC Library Book Club Set?

Book clubs can request multiple copies of books through interlibrary loan (ILL), however, many book clubs enjoy reading newer books and most libraries don't lend new books through ILL. Libraries are making these particular sets of books available so that book clubs can read new books, have the books for 5 weeks instead of the usual 2-3, and avoid having to buy their own copies.

Librarians also believe that in every book lies the potential that it will change someone's life, and that those chances increase when people talk about the ideas they've been reading about. If you're in a book club, you need the kind of reading material that will generate great conversation. We librarians guarantee that every single book on our list contains many seeds for those kinds of memorable conversations.

How much does it cost?

Book Club Sets are free for library members.

Who chooses the books?

Books are chosen by a combination of librarians and people like you. If you have a reading suggestion, please tell someone at your library. Once a year, libraries get to suggest books that will be purchased for the program in the coming 12 months.

What if the book you want isn't on the Book Club Set list?

If the book is more than a year old, you may be able to request enough copies through ILL. Please tell someone at your library so that we know what you want! If it's a new book, it might be one we buy in our next round of book club set shopping.

How does your book club request a set of books?

The library needs to make the request for you, so please ask us for books you want.

How many copies can you borrow?

You can request either 5 or 10 copies of a book. If you need more copies, please ask us if more might be available through interlibrary loan.

How long can we have the books?

Book clubs can have books for 5 weeks. Because other groups reserve sets you can't renew books.

What happens if the book we want isn't available?

We call or email to let you know. At that time, you can request either a different book or a different date to read the original one.

Can we reserve the books ahead of time?

Yes! And that's a good way of making sure you'll have the books when you want to read them. Let your library know as soon as possible that you want a certain set.