Alberta's Legislature Library was established in 1906, with William A. Buchanan of Lethbridge (later Senator Buchanan) serving as its first head librarian. The Library was moved to its present site in the Legislature Building in Edmonton during the latter part of 1911, shortly before the official opening of the Building in 1912. Prior to the creation of a separate archives facility in 1963, the Library served as the provincial archives as well as Alberta's parliamentary library. There have been nine Legislature Librarians since 1906.
The primary client group of the Library comprises the Lieutenant Governor and all the Members of the Legislative Assembly. The Library, as a branch of the Legislative Assembly Office (LAO), comes under the administrative direction of the Clerk. Like other branches of the organization, it provides non-partissan services to the all the Members regardless of party affiliation. Additionally, Alberta's Legislature Library has always provided some services to the civil service and to the general public.
As appropriate, the Legislature Library's premises are used for special events such as Royal visits and receptions of various types. As well, Alberta's copies of the Books of Remembrance, which list Canada's war dead, are displayed in the Library.
The collection is strong in the areas of political science, public administration, statute law, economics and Alberta and Canadian history. The Library also maintains a large collection of Alberta government publications and Alberta community newspapers as well as a comprehensive collection of local histories.
The Legislature Library's integrated library system is SirsiDynix's Symphony. The catalogue is available through the Legislative Assembly Office (LAO)'s web site.
In addition, subscription databases, digital collections, and a variety of other electronic services are available to primary clients for research purposes.
The Library is a member of The Alberta Library (TAL), a province-wide consortium of multi-type libraries that cooperate to provide enhanced services to their clients.