Port Clements

photo of Port Clements Library
Box. 283, 36 Cedar Ave W.
Port Clements BC
V0T 1R0
Phone: (250) 557-4402
Fax: (250) 557-4402
portclements [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca

The Port Clements library branch opened in 1983. The library branch moved to its new location on Cedar Avenue on April 4th, 2009. The facility is part of a  multiplex, sharing a roof with the Village of Port Clements Office, and the Port Clements Elementary School. It is the first branch on Haida Gwaii to have been designed as an open concept community hub, and has become the 'living room'for all kinds of social gatherings. 


Professional Staff Information


  • Library Manager - Patrick Siebold
  • Community Support Technician Etchi Zaleski

Map and Hours

Sat10-12 & 1-5



  • Wheelchair accessible

  • 2 Public Access Computers

Our Community

Port Clements Branch

(Established 1983)

1986: V.I.R.L. 50th Anniversary

In early 1982 or 83, Mr. Fred White, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, visited the Queen Charlotte Islands to promote the islands’ participation in the regional library. Mr. White held a meeting in Port Clements and interested persons attended from Masset, Queen Charlotte City and Sandspit.

As a condition of joining the Regional Library the two incorporated communities of Masset and Port Clements and the unincorporated areas represented by School District #50 all had to agree to participate in the service. Port Clements and Masset readily agreed to join.

Port Clements was very active in encouraging the School District to participate, and they agreed to join in the fall of 1983.

The Port Clements Branch opened in October 1983.

1996: V.I.R.L. 60th Anniversary

The Port Clements library opened in October 1983 in the fire hall building. Leona Stephenson was the first Branch Head, followed a few months later by Brenda Chapman.

Brenda resigned in August 1988 and Catherine Zimmerman was hired to replace her. Five years later Catherine moved away and was replaced by Sandspit Branch Head, Sheila Heit in May 1993.

The library is still next to the fire hall and in this anniversary year, a second floor (for fire hall use) has been added above it in an attempt to control roof leaks.

The circulation, after being consistent for many years, rose by 25% in 1995 over the previous year.

2006: V.I.R.L. 70th Anniversary

(by Rand Flem-Ath)

Ruth Bellamy becomes Branch Head in September of 1997.

Port Clements Volunteer Fire Department enlarges the branch by donating their storage space.  They knock the wall down between their space and the library while the library is open on Wednesday night!  There are shelves between them and the branch though so it is only loud, not dangerous.

Rand Flem-Ath became the Library Manager in September 2002 replacing Alison Fitzgerald who had held the position since 1996. Judy Baxter became the Library Manager in 2008, and Lorelee Parker has been the Manager since 2016.

The branch now has two public access computer stations with Google Chrome Box software. 


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(877) 415.VIRL