Nanaimo Harbourfront

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90 Commercial St
Nanaimo BC
V9R 5G4
Phone: (250) 753-1154
Fax: (250) 754-1483
NanaimoHarbourfront [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca

Notice: We are getting a new catalogue! As a part of this upgrade, our catalogue will be unavailable from October 11th at 5PM to October 14th at 10AM. All branches will be closed on October 13th to give us time to transition to the new system. For more information, click here or contact us at info [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca

The Nanaimo library branch opened in 1936. However, the coal mining centre of what we now call Nanaimo enjoyed library services as early as the 1860s. In June, 1961 the library moved to a new building on Fitzwilliam Street and in 1997, the Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch moved to its current location on Diana Krall Plaza off Commercial Street in Downtown Nanaimo.

Important Notice: 

The Nanaimo Harbourfront branch is currently undergoing renovation. The temporary Nanaimo Harbourfront branch has been opened at 84 Commercial Street (in the old CTV space next door) as well as a computer area adjacent to this space (computer area hours are Tuesday - Saturday 1pm-4pm). Please note that the temporary computer space will close on October 6th through until the Harbourfront branch reopens late in October. For more information, please see our FAQ

For more information, email nanaimoharbourfront [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca (subject: Temporary%20Branch)


Professional Staff Information

  • Library Manager - Abbas Saffari
  • Customer Services Librarian II - Jason Kuffler
  • Customer Services Librarian - Adult Services - Jennifer Seper
  • Customer Services Librarian - Adult Services - Jonathon Bigelow
  • Customer Services Librarian - Adult Services - Justin Unrau
  • Customer Services Librarian - Children & Youth Services - Sheila Hammond-Todd
  • Customer Services Librarian - Children & Youth Services - Kaylea Prime
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(877) 415.VIRL