All Library branches are closed until further notice. 

Regular Hours

City Centre

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

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


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

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 


Library Board

Board Minutes

Board Members

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) 
Erin Adams, Vice-Chair

  • 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 

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
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

  • Associate Counsel/Lawyer with Drysdale Bacon McStravick 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, TriCity Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee, CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum 
  • Enjoys hiking local trails, historical and popular fiction, and CBC radio 
  • Lives in Coquitlam (since 2001) with her husband, one son, one niece, and a Wheaton Terrier 

Todd Gnissios, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board

  • Appointed December 9, 2013
  • MLIS from University of British Columbia
  • BGS, Business and Humanities from Simon Fraser University

Natasha Knox, Trustee

  • Independent, fee-only, Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP®)
  • Lives in Coquitlam with husband and four children, since 2009
  • Currently serves of the board of directors of the Financial Therapy Association
  • Past Coquitlam community service includes the Multicultural Advisory Committee, Culture Services Advisory Committee, and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Events Committee
  • Additional service work includes volunteer activities, such as exam marking, and exam writing with FP Canada (formerly called the Financial Planning Standards Council
  • Graduate of Simon Fraser University (1999)

Steve Leung, Trustee

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Steve lives with his wife and two children in Coquitlam 
  • Resident of Coquitlam for over 20 years 
  • Past member of Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee (City of Coquitlam) for five years 
  • Professional experience include risk management, audit and financial analysis in both private and non-private sectors 
  • Holds Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Marketing (Honours) from the University of British Columbia
  • Avid reader of biography, history and current affairs 

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

Councillor Chris Wilson, Trustee
  • Chris Wilson has been a resident of Coquitlam for 24 years
  • Executive Director of KidSport Tri-Cities
  • 2012 SHARE Volunteer of the Year
  • Chair and coordinator of Operation Red Nose
  • Currently, Chris is:
    • Chair of the Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee
    • Vice Chair of the Economic Advisory Committee
    • Council Representative on the Library Board
    • Vice Chair of the City/School Board Liaison Committee
    • Alternate Council Representative to the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable
    • Council Representative to the School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) Child Care Task Force
    • Member of the Metro Vancouver Housing Committee

 Board Meetings

The Coquitlam Public Library Board meets 9 times per year on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The Board does not meet in the months of March, August and December. Regular Board Meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending as an observer, please call (604) 937-4130 to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

Presentations to the Board

Policy: Groups and/or individuals wishing to address the Board shall contact the Executive Director not less than five days prior to the scheduled meeting date of the Board meeting for inclusion in the regular meeting agenda.

Procedure: Requests will be in writing and include who will be attending, the organization they represent, if any, the subject matter of the presentation, and the meeting date they wish to make their presentation. Presentations shall not be longer than 15 minutes. The Board Chair has final authority on whether to allow a presentation, the time allotted, and the time given to questions from Trustees, if any. 

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)