Natasha Bartlett, (250) 753-1154 ext. 249 or nbartlett [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca
Fast Facts about Vancouver Island Regional Library
Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia.
Holdings at Vancouver Island Regional Library number almost one million and include books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s. Card holders can borrow materials from any of our 39 locations.
In 2012 there were 2.6 million visits to our branches and our customers borrowed 4.6 million items.
Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library. We were the second regional library in North America.
With 39 branch libraries across the island, Vancouver Island Regional Library serves over 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola)
Vancouver Island Regional Library is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the municipalities and regional districts in our service area.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library Board lobbies and advocates ensuring that resources are available to fulfill the mission, vision and values of Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Executive Leadership Group
Rosemary Bonanno, Executive Director, BA, MLS
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board. The Executive Director plays a key role in system-wide strategic planning, provides advice to the Library Board and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Lis Pedersen, Director of Human Resources
The Director of Human Resources plays a key role in system-wide strategic planning and provides advice to the library board. The position is responsible for the overall management and administration of the human resources division, working in the areas of human resources, labour relations and occupational health and safety.
Jamie Anderson, Director of Library Services and Planning
The Director of Library Services and Planning oversees the operations, personnel, collections and programming of VIRL’s 39 libraries, in addition to leading system-wide strategic planning, marketing and communications.
Joel Adams, Director of Finance
The Director of Finance plays a key role in system-wide strategic planning and provides advice to the Library Board. The position is responsible for the overall management and administration of the finance division working in the areas of finance, facilities, and purchasing.
News Releases 2017
April 24, 2017 - VIHA grant will help at-risk teen girls through power of dance
April 10, 2017 - Planning for new Sooke library is underway
March 27, 2017 - Vancouver Island Regional Library Board approves downtown Sooke branch
March 21, 2017 - Nanaimo Harbourfront invites you to get your geek on at GeekCon
March 10, 2017 - Renovated library for the community of Sidney is underway
February 23, 2017 - Buds to Blossoms cultivates new connections on Gabriola Island
February 20, 2017 - New Nanaimo Wellington branch coming to Central Nanaimo this Spring
January 31, 2017 - Executive Committee and Officers of the Library Board Elected
January 30, 2017 - Score with Reading at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library
News Releases 2016
September 30, 2016 - Let's Forget the Late Fees..Welcome Back to Your Library!
September 17, 2016 - Library Board Adopts Balanced 2017 Budget
September 17, 2016 - VIRL Launches Lynda.com!
August 30, 2016 - First Annual GeekCON Draws Crowds
August 15, 2016 - Nanaimo Correctional Centre Book Club Wins International Award
June 16, 2016 - Library Dares Teens to Take On Summer Challenge
June 8, 2016 - A New Library for the Village of Tahsis
May 30, 2016 - A New Library for the District of Sooke is Underway
May 13, 2016 - Island Librarians Take Home Big Awards
March 11, 2016 - New Library for Nanaimo Wellington is Underway
February 10, 2016 - Five-Year Contract Achieved by VIRL and CUPE 401
January 21, 2016 - Tentative Five-Year Collective Agreement Ratified by VIRL Board at 2016 AGM
January 20, 2016 - Executive Committee and Officers of Library Board Elected at 2016 Annual General Meeting
News Releases 2015
October 29th, 2015 - Port Hardy Library to Undergo Refurbishments: Temporary Library to Open in Mid-November
October 27th, 2015 - It's an Open House at the New Campbell River Library!
September 25, 2015 - Library Shares the Love this October Library Month
September 25, 2015 - Library Catalogue Takes Short Break While Upgrades Take Place in October
September 19, 2015 - Library Board Adopts Balanced 2016 Operating Budget
August 19, 2015 - Vancouver Island Regional Library Loan Authorization Bylaw
August 6, 2015 - Nanaimo Harbourfront Library Temporary Computer Area Closed for Renovation
July 6, 2015 - Vancouver Island Regional Library Releases 2014 Annual Report
June 24, 2015 - Kids Can “Build It” at the 2015 Summer Reading Club!
May 26, 2015 - Realignment of Branch Hours at Vancouver Island Regional Library
May 25, 2015 - VIRL Librarians on the Radio Program Recognized by BCLA Merit Awards
April 29, 2015 - Nanaimo North Branch Recognized at Vancouver Island Commercial Building Awards Night
March 17, 2015 - Nanaimo Harbourfront Revitalization to Begin Early April: Library to Open Temporary Pick-Up and Computer Area
March 11, 2015 - It’s Monster Mania this Spring Break at your Local Library!
March 5, 2015 - Teen Tech Week Kicks Off on March 8-14th
March 3, 2015 - Change of Hours at the Port Clements Branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library
February 18, 2015 - Nanaimo Harbourfront Renovations to Include Book Publishing Machine and Creativity Centre
February 11, 2015 - Our Right to Information: Freedom to Read Week Celebrated by Vancouver Island Regional Library
February 2, 2015 - Executive Committee and Officers of Library Board Elected at 2015 Annual General Meeting
January 20, 2015 - Family Literacy Day Celebrated Across Canada on January 27th
January 12, 2015 - The Puck Drops Saturday when Clippers and Library Pair Up for SCORE WITH READING
January 8, 2015 - New Hours at the Port Clements Branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library
News Releases 2014
October 30, 2014 - New Kid's Library Card...Available Now!
October 1,2014 - Find Your Inspiration at the Library this October!
October 1, 2014 - Name the Whale Contest Has a Winner
September 16, 2014 - Vancouver Island Regional Library participates in Global Cardboard Challenge!
September 13, 2014 - Library Board Adopts Balanced 2015 Operating Budget
September 3, 2014 - Library Expands its French Language Collection by Over a Thousand Items!
July 22, 2014 - Nanaimo Residents Celebrate Opening of their New Library
June 27, 2014 - Media Advisory: Nanaimo North Branch Library Opens its Doors!
June 24, 2014 - Welcome to Your New Nanaimo North Library Branch!
June 10, 2014 - Library Gears Up for Adult Summer Reading Club 2014
May 5, 2014 - Vancouver Island Regional Library Wins 2014 BCLA Awards
May 2, 2014 - Library Honoured at Vancouver Island Commercial Building Awards Night, Takes Home Two Awards
April 30, 2014 - Community Celebrates Opening of the Vancouver Island Regional Library Branch on Cortes Island
March 13, 2014 - SPRING BREAK at Your Local Library!
March 6, 2014 - Time for Teen Tech Week at Your Local Vancouver Island Regional Library!
February 18 - Our Right to Information: Freedom to Read Week Celebrated by Vancouver Island Regional Library Branches
February 14 - hoopla Vancouver Island Regional Library now offers thousands of Movies, Television Shows, Music Albums and Audiobooks!
January 29 - Officers Elected to Vancouver Island Regional Library Board of Trustees
News Releases 2013
October 29 - Official Opening of Cowichan Lake Branch
October 28 - Community Celebrates Official Opening of the Vancouver Island Regional Library Cumberland Branch
October 23 - Official Opening of Cumberland
October 5 - Official Opening of Port Renfrew Branch
October 2 - Library Board adopts balances 2014 operating budget
August 2 - Quadra Island library a hit
June 17 - Vancouver Island Regional Library recognized for supporting diversity @ work
June 3 - New Cowichan Lake Branch making progress
May 13 - Features of the new library in Cumberland
May 2 - During the provincial election campaign, let's not forget the importance of public libraries
May 1 - Library on Cortes Island closer to reality
April 24 - Learn a new language from the comfort of your home!
April 4 - Thousands more eAudiobooks available at www.virl.bc.ca
March 5 - Celebrate Teen Tech Week and Check In @ your library!
February 27 - Turning pennies into books
February 19 - Celebrate Freedom to Read Week
February 18 - Computer system upgrade at Vancouver Island Regional Library
February 13 - Officers Elected to Library Board of Trustees
February 12 - Vancouver Island Regional Library winner in national contest!
Februrary 5 - Work begins on new Nanaimo North Branch
January 28 - Work begins on Cowichan Lake Branch
January 24 - New literacy kits for children with visual impairments
January 24 - New book club sets for teens and kids available at your library!
January 21 - Samosas and smartphones - BC libraries and Decoda Literacy Solutions celebrate informal learning
January 9 - Vancouver Island Regional Library to buy building housing Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch
January 7 - Hundreds of digital magazines now available at Vancouver Island Regional Library
January 3 - Quadra Island Branch expanding hours of operation
News Releases 2012
November 30 - Tender awarded for construction of Cowichan Lake Library Branch
November 26 - Tender awarded for construction of Nanimo North Library Branch
October 19 - Official Opening of Gabriola Island Library Branch
September 18 - Results of Request for Proposals (RFP) process for Cortes Island Library Branch
July 5 - Resolution on library funding goes to Union of British Columbia Municipalities
July 3 - Temporary holds pickup location found on Cortes Island
June 13 - Request for Proposals process for new library on Cortes Island
June 12 – The library in your pocket!
May 24 – VIRL receives structural engineer’s report on Cortes Island Library Branch
May 22 – Next steps to provide library service on Cortes Island
May 7 – Fines suspended for materials borrowed by customers of Cortes Island Library Branch
May 5 – Official opening of Quadra Island Library Branch
May 2 – Public information session about plans for Cortes Island Library Branch
April 30 – Cortes Island Library Branch temporarily closed
April 2 – New library for the Village of Cumberland
March 17 – Grand opening of Bella Coola Library Branch
February 27 – Quadra Island Library Branch closes March 10th with new branch opening on March 20th
February 22 – Gabriola Library Branch moves to temporary location
February 23 - Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Town of Lake Cowichan announce construction of a larger library facility
February 1 – Library Board elects officers
January 31- Vancouver Island Regional Library holds open house for Nanaimo North facility
January 31 - Free downloadable music at the library
News Releases 2011
November 2 - Library Board adopts balanced 2012 operating budget
October 19 - Bella Coola temporary closing
September 13 - I love my library - teen video contest
September 9 - Vancouver Island Regional Library celebrates 75 years of service
August 25 - Kobo eReaders at the library
July 26 - New Website launched
June 29 - New user friendly library catalogue is here
April 2 - Quadra Island to get new, larger library
April 2 - Cumberland to get new, larger library
March 19 - Cowichan Valley Regional District lends support to local partnership for a new library in Cowichan Lake
February 15 - Quadra Island Library space negotiation
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