The Burnaby Public Library Board has established two $2,500 awards for Burnaby residents or current employees of Burnaby Public Library to attend a master’s program at a library school in Canada. The awards are intended to increase the diversity of librarians at BPL and in the broader library community. As such, the awards are only available to individuals who identify as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour.

BPL staff who are not Burnaby residents must be currently employed, and must have been employed for at least one year. The awards are open to full-time and part-time staff, and to auxiliary staff who have worked at least 400 hours in the previous year. There is no requirement for BPL staff to continue working at BPL during or after their studies.

There is no requirement for applicants who are Burnaby residents to maintain a Burnaby address during their studies.

Successful applicants will be required to submit proof of registration. Award recipients will be publicized online and in print, and will meet with the BPL Board. The award is taxable income in the hands of the award recipient.

A committee of the Board will receive and review responses.

For more information, contact:

Beth Davies
Chief Librarian
604-436-5431 | beth.davies@bpl.bc.ca

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Applications will reopen in February 2023.