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

The meeting spaces at Nanaimo North are extremely well used for Library Programs and by community groups.  In the interest of fairness to groups in the community, this branch is now using an application process for groups wishing to make ongoing bookings for their meetings.  No more weekly, biweekly, or monthly groups can be accommodated at this time -please apply in the Spring when we reallocate the rooms for the time period of September, 2017 until August, 2018 will occur starting May 1, 2017. You must still submit an application after this date to use the space.    Please download the application here and email it to nanaimonorth [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca or bring it into the branch.  

Those wishing to book one-time meetings can contact our librarians at nanaimonorth [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca with their desired date and time, as well as information about their group (name, purpose, how many people).  Groups of individuals studying are always welcome to book our Study Room 1, or make use of the drop-in space, Study Room 2. 

        MEETING ROOM –max. capacity of 50 people seated

        BOARD ROOM –max. capacity of 16-18 people seated

        STUDY ROOM 1 –max. capacity of up to 10 people seated

Proctoring/Exam Invigilation

Distance students can book exam invigilation for a cost of $30 per exam.  Availability depends upon staff schedules and room availability.  Please see our guidlines 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 dates and times.

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


Professional Staff Information


  • Library Manager - Stephen R. Warren
  • Customer Services Librarian - Adult Services - Darby Love
  • Customer Services Librarian - Children & Youth  - Ginger Warden

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  • 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


English Conversation Group for ESL/ELL

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Train Set Playtime at Nanaimo North

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In Our Own Voice Teen Writing Contest

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(877) 415.VIRL