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The Sandspit library branch began as a book deposit station in the early 1980s. The library branch moved from a hut by the Airport to its current location in 1987.
Professional Staff Information
- Library Manager - Lorelee Parker
Map and Hours
|Tue||10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm|
|Thu||1pm-4pm & 5pm-8pm|
- Wheelchair accessible
- Public Access Computers
Our CommunitySandspit Branch
1996: V.I.R.L. 60th Anniversary
When the Queen Charlotte Islands joined the Regional Library in 1983, the Sandspit library began as a book deposit station, using a $2,500 grant from the Library Services Branch for shelves, a desk etc. The library was housed in a small hut offered for $200 a year by the Sandspit Airport facility – clearly visible on take-off and landing! Kathy Pick was hired as the first Branch Head when the station became a branch in 1984.
The library moved into a 560 square foot facility in Sandspit’s Seabreeze Plaza in 1987. Regional Library Director Don Meadows and Regional Library board chairman Charles Gee from Masset both attended the official opening on September 10th, 1987. Kathy left the library in the summer of 1992 and Sheila Heit took over as Branch Head. Sheila worked in Sandspit for a year until a job closer to home in the Port Clements Branch opened up. Adriana Spighi became Branch Head in the summer of 1993.
Since the establishment of a National Park on South Moresby in 1988, the community of Sandspit, traditionally a logging and airport community, has been in a state of flux. Circulation in the branch has remained the same over the years since the library moved to the mall.
2006: V.I.R.L. 70th Anniversary
(Submitted by Rand Flem-Ath)
Fluctuations in the market for lumber have had a big impact on all of Haida Gwaii and Sandpit has suffered due to a lack of employment. Nevertheless the circulation of materials showed that the community loves its library.
Margit Des Lauries has been the Circulation Supervisor since August of 1999. She replace Adrianna Spighi who moved to Courtenay and now works at that branch.
The library has gone online, has internet access and new software. Rand Flem-Ath replaced Alison Fitzgerald as the Library Manger in 2004. New materials like videos, DVDs, music CDs and CDROM computer disks have been a hit in Sandspit. Haida Gwaii has been with the Vancouver Island Regional Library for twenty years.