Nanaimo North

6250 Hammond Bay Rd
Nanaimo BC
V9T 6M9
Phone: (250) 933-2665
nanaimonorth [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca

Nanaimo North branch opened officially on July 12th, 2014. Since that time it has become one of the busiest branches in the Vancouver Island Regional Library system. The 17,600 square foot branch boasts over 60,000 items in its collection and features bookable meeting rooms with televisions to connect to your laptop, a laptop bar, multiple express check-out stations and a bright, open floor plan with large windows overlooking a natural environment of local conifers.

Branch Programs and Events

Grab a paper copy at the Branch, visit our on-line Calendar or print our March / April Program Calendar for yourself!.

Meeting Room Use

See information on booking a space at the Nanaimo North Branch here

Proctoring/Exam Invigilation -Friday Mornings from 10am-1pm only

Distance students can book exam invigilation for a cost of $30 per exam.  Please see our guidelines here and note that we cannot provide a laptop for your exam in a quiet space.  We can provide our public computers in a public space. 

The best way to arrange your exam time is to email us at nanaimonorth [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca with your school and course, how long your exam will take, whether you are using your computer or writing a paper exam, and your preferred Friday dates.

The Nanaimo Harbourfront branch and VIU also provide proctoring services that may be more convenient for you. 


Professional Staff Information


  • Library Manager - Lara Wright (temporary)
  • Customer Services Librarian - Adult Services - Darby Love
  • Customer Services Librarian - Children & Youth  - Ginger Warden

Map and Hours




  • Over 60,000 items in its collection

  • A large fireplace and magazine area

  • Bookable meeting rooms with blue-tooth-enabled flat screen televisions

  • A laptop bar

  • Multiple express check-out stations

  • Automated book return

  • Spacious sections for children and teens

  • A bright, open floor plan with large windows overlooking a natural environment of local conifers

Our Community

Nanaimo is among British Columbia’s most livable cities, having a favorable balance of lifestyle, employment and investment opportunities for the marine and other sectors. The city has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, largely due to an influx of young working-aged families who have been attracted by comparatively low housing prices, a mild climate and exceptional scenery.

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Branch Events


Preschool Storytime at Nanaimo North

Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories for children ages 3 - 5...

Baby Rhyme Time at Nanaimo North

Join us for a rhyming good time!  We do bounces, action...

Kids' Movie - Moana

Come watch Moana on our big TV.  No registration ...

Toddler Storytime at Nanaimo North

Share stories, songs, fingerplays, and more with your toddler....

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(877) 415.VIRL