Gabriola Island BC
Fax: (250) 247-7892
GabriolaIsland [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca
Library service existed in two modes before 1999: one bookmobile parked at the south end of the island and open a few hours each week, and the Books by Mail service, which was very popular with Gabriola residents.
In 1999, VIRL opened a “real” branch on Gabriola Island, in the Gabriola Folklife Village where most of the commercial activity takes place. The library moved in where a dentist clinic previously existed, and had to adapt to a somewhat strange space configuration. A few years later, the library expanded slightly by taking over a portion of the adjacent clothing store. In 2012, the branch expanded once again, this time getting a complete makeover in the process.
Gabriola has a very high readership per capita, and is similar to some of the other island library communities in that sense. The demand for new materials is fierce and requests for programs and events are steady. A frequent comment from new residents moving to the island from large cities across Canada is, “I thought I’d really miss my big library but your little library has the best service I’ve ever seen”. As most of us suspect, it’s the service that really counts in a library.
Professional Staff Information
- Customer Services Librarian II - Amy Dawley
- Library Manager - Abbas Saffari
Map and Hours
- 6 public access computers
- Word processing
- Photocopying & printing
- Free wifi
- Wheelchair accessible
- Ample free parking
- Gabriola Island entry in Wikipedia.
- The Islands Trust is the home of local government and land use planning for Gabriola and the Salish Sea.
- The Regional District of Nanaimo is responsible for services, parks, building permits etc. on Gabriola and the surrounding islands.
- Statistics Canada presents a snapshot of Electoral Area B's population, ethnicity, work, education and many other aspects based on the 2011 census.
- Snuneymuxw First Nation A First Nation of the Coast Salish People, whose traditional territory is located in the heart of the Salish Sea.
- Voices of the Snuneymuxw First Nation
- BC Ferries Sailing information and current schedules.
- Gertie Gabriola's community bus service.
- Gulf Island Seaplanes Daily scheduled and charter flights.
- Gabriola Taxi. Call (250) 247-0049.
- Gabriola Arts Council The voice of the arts on Gabriola and home of the Gabriola Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival, and the Thanksgiving Tour.
- Creative Directory A listing of local artists, from painting to fabric arts to pottery to mixed media (and much more).
- Gabriola Players Theatre productions and workshops on Gabriola Island.
Gabriola Authors & Publishers
- Joëlle Anthony
- Dianna Bonder
- Bob Bossin
- Nick Doe
- Fictive Press
- Jenni Gehlbach
- Katherine Gordon
- James Hawkins
- Roy Innes
- Iain Lawrence. See also his Random House site
- Doug Long & Morri Mostow
- Patsy Ludwick
- Sharon McInnes
- Heather Menzies
- Kristin Miller
- Frank Moher
- New Society Publishers
- Hilary Peach
- George Szanto
- Naomi Beth Wakan
- Chamber of Commerce Everything you need to know about visiting Gabriola and our local businesses.
- The Commons A grassroots community service and stewardship organization with facilities collectively owned by and for all Gabriolans.
- Community Hall Rental and event space.
- GabEnergy Non-profit dedicated to exploring solutions for alternative and renewable energy.
- GHCS Gabriola Health Care Society.
- GIRO Gabriola Island Recycling Organization.
- GROWLS Gabriola Island Rescue of Wildlife Society.
- Lions Club Giving back to the Gabriola community.
- People for a Healthy Community Gabriolans helping Gabriolans.
- Pet Find - Lost or found pet? Call (250) 247-8654.
- Power Squadron Boating courses and workshops – be safe on the water!
- Rollo Centre Senior centre and hall rental.
- Sustainable Gabriola Committed to the preservation and stewardship of our island’s natural resources for generations to come.
- Gabriola Museum
- Hansard - B.C. Legislature can be searched for topics touching on Gabriola since 1970.
- Jenni Gehlbach has a number of articles online about various aspects of Gabriola's past.
- SHALE Journal of the Gabriola Historical & Museum Society The site lists and describes the contents of SHALE issues; for the complete articles one has to consult the journal itself.