Connecting Libraries, Connecting People

The RISE Network works with public libraries to provide Albertans with opportunities to communicate with health care professionals, participate in distance education, attend meetings, learn new skills and more – all by videoconference from their local library. 

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 ...the potential for transforming public libraries, especially in rural areas, is enormous. This is a [network] that brings people together, strengthens our communities and creates another service niche for public libraries in Alberta.

— Michelle Toombs, Director Marigold Library System

About Us

At 80 public libraries across Alberta, you can engage and interact with live presenters, learn new skills, book meetings, and more, all through videoconference technology. Launched in 2009 by Chinook Arch, Marigold, and Shortgrass Regional Library Systems, the RISE Network enhances local library service by connecting regions serving over 500,000 people.

The RISE Network (originally the Rural Information Services Initiative), links eighty libraries and five library system headquarters via a sophisticated, secure network.