Gabriola Island

Photo of exterior of branch
#5 - 575 North Rd,
Gabriola Island BC
V0R 1X3
Phone: (250) 247-7878
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.

Gabriola Light Therapy Lamp - Info Sheet


Professional Staff Information

  • Customer Services Librarian II - Amy Dawley
  • Library Manager - Anthony Martin

Map and Hours



  • 6 public access computers
  • Word processing
  • Photocopying & printing
  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ample free parking

Our Community



  • 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

Community Groups

  • 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.



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