City Centre

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

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


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

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 
Find closure date information


Library Board

Board Minutes

Board Minutes 2018:
January 24  February 28  April 25   May 23  June 27

Board Minutes 2017:
January 23   February 22  April 26   May 24   June 28   July 11  September 27  October 25  November 22

Board Minutes 2016:

January 27   February 24   March 23   April 27   May 25  June 22  Special Meeting August 9  September 28  October 26  November 23

Board Minutes 2015:
January 28   February 25   March 25   April 22   May 27   June 24   Special Meeting August 19   September 23   October 28   November 25

Board Minutes 2014:
January 22   February 26   April 9   April 30   June 4   June 25   Special Meeting August 20   September 24   October 30   November 27
Board Minutes 2013:
January 23   February 27   April 3   April 24   May 22   June 26   September 25   October 23   November 27 

Board Minutes 2012:
February 22   March 28   April 25   May 23   June 27   September 26   October 24   November 28

Board Minutes 2011:
January 26   February 23   March 23   April 27   May 25   June 22   September 28   October 26   November 23   

Alice Hale, Chair

  • Brand & Loyalty Manager at Chevron 
  • Coquitlam resident since 1987
  • Graduate of The University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of
    Business-MBA and Concordia University-B.Comm, PMP certified
  • Northeast Sector Area Transit Plan Public Advisory Committee Member
  • Dragonboat team member and manager
  • Avid reader and loves travel, outdoor activities
  • Bilingual (French, English) 
Naresh Sahota, Vice Chair

  • Employed in the financial industry for 15 years, presently serving as a Senior Tax and Technical Administrator at Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. 
  • Lives with his wife and their 4 year old son, resident of Coquitlam since 2008 
  • Served as a Mathematics Instructor, Adult Basic Education, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC (2005 – 2006) 
  • Served local community as a Professional Mathematics Tutor (12 years 
  • Served as a Page and Public Service Clerk, North York Public Library, Toronto ON (1988 – 1997) 
  • Performs on stage as a volunteer at annual Diwali (The Festival of Lights) community functions  
  • Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, Chemistry, York University, Toronto ON 1995  
Brian McBride, Treasurer

  • Brian and his wife have resided in Coquitlam since 1978 
  • Raised three children in this community 
  • Owned a major food import and distribution company headquartered in Coquitlam for more than 25 years 
  • Sits on the Board of the Firehall Arts Centre as well as being its Treasurer 
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and a post graduate degree in Accounting from the University of British Columbia 
  • Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC since 1976 
  • Chief Financial Officer J.S McMillan Fisheries Ltd , one of BC’s oldest integrated fishing companies
Erin Adams, Trustee

  • Regional Sales Manager, Asia, for Global Village Marketing
  • Holds BA Honours degree (English) from the University of Victoria, and MA (English) degree from McMaster University 
  • Former member of Multiculturalism Advisory Committee:  2010 - 2013 
  • Has lived in several countries and traveled extensively, particularly through Asia 
  • Lives in Coquitlam with her husband and two children 
  • Enjoys travel, karate, reading, international cuisine, playing the cello 

Councillor Bonita Zarrillo, Trustee

  • Before being elected to City Council in 2013, Bonita spent 20 years in sales, marketing and consumer research with a number of multi-national companies
  • She is married with three children.
  • Bonita moved back West, to Coquitlam in 2010 after spending 15 years working in Eastern Canada and the US
  • Bonita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, is a certified Programmer/Analyst, and holds a Professional Management Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Calgary.
Matt Djonlic, Trustee

  • Has lived in the Tri-Cities for 20+ years 
  • Graduate of Simon Fraser University 
  • Currently works for a local MLA 
  • Avid reader of history and addicted to podcasts 
  • Matt joined the Library Board in 2014 

Julie Fisher, Trustee

  • Founding Partner and Lawyer with Lawyers West LLP, Coquitlam Office 
  • Bachelor of Arts, First Class (Psychology), 1991 and LL.B. 1995 from the University of Victoria 
  • Called to the BC Bar 1996, currently practicing personal injury, estate litigation, and disability benefit claims  
  • Community contributions include past Director Coquitlam Foundation, CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum 
  • Enjoys travel, historical fiction and CBC radio 
  • Lives in Coquitlam (since 2001) with her husband, one son, two nieces, and Wheaton Terrier 

Sandra Hochstein, Trustee

  • Originally from Montreal 
  • Coquitlam resident for almost 30 years 
  • Mother of 3 adult daughters who all grew up in this municipality 
  • Douglas College instructor, David Lam Campus (just a 15 minute commute each day!) 
  • Enjoys travel, historical fiction and CBC radio 
  • A poster-child for life-long learning -- currently learning how to play the ukelele

Dave Whelan, Trustee

  • Resident of Tri-Cities for over 30 years
  • Travel enthusiast (over 60 countries) and lifelong reader
  • Proud father (2) and grandfather (6)
  • Retired from senior management of TELUS
  • Former volunteer with SHARE, Variety, Zajak Foundation and Red Cross
  • Previous volunteer positions include Port Moody Public Library and Police boards; land use, transportation, parks and rec committees as well as council indemnity and LRT task forces

Todd Gnissios, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board

The Coquitlam Public Library Board meets 9 times per year on the 4th Wednesday of the month, from September to June.  Regular Board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please call (604) 937-4130 to confirm the meeting date and time.
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)