About The Shortgrass Library System

Shortgrass Mission Statement:

"Shortgrass Library System provides quality library support services to member municipalities and partners."

The Shortgrass Library System is one of the Alberta Regional Library Systems. Shortgrass Library System is a service-oriented, non-profit organization and is registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Shortgrass Library System provides Integrated Library Services (ILS) and other technical services to regional public libraries as well as school-based libraries belonging to Medicine Hat School District No.76 and the Prairie Rose School Division #8.

Shortgrass Library System activities and initiatives are guided by our Plan of Service. Visit the Membership Benefits page for a list of Shortgrass services.


Click on the image below for a more detailed map of our regional system


Alcoma Community Library

Bassano Memorial Library

Bow Island Municipal Library

Brooks Public Library

Duchess & District Public Library

Foremost Municipal Library

Gem Jubilee Library

Graham Community Library

Irvine Community Library

Medicine Hat Public Library

Redcliff Public Library

Rolling Hills Public Library

Rosemary Community Library

Tilley & District Public Library


Population Served: 105,725 (2015)
Area Served: 26,800 sq km (10,374 sq miles)



History of Shortgrass

Discussion of a library system in southeast Alberta began in 1977. A meeting of library staff and trustees from the southeast area was held at the Jasper Conference in 1981. As a result, an organizational meeting was held on June 13, 1981 in Redcliff. The group applied for assistance from the Alberta Library Trustees Association (A.L.T.A.) and obtained $5,000.00 seed money.

Two more meetings were held in 1981 and representatives from Brooks, Bassano, and Burdett attended. Three meetings were held in 1982 and representatives came from Duchess. At the final meeting of 1982, the name "Shortgrass" was chosen and the boundaries of the area (Area 6) were approved. In 1983, the Committee was restructured. This provided for representation...  Read more (pdf)



Shortgrass Archive - 1992 Promotional Video


Historic Clippings