Sayward Story

November 20, 2017

A New Library for Sayward: Public Consultation

You, your friends, and family are invited to a public consultation to provide your feedback and ideas for a new Sayward branch prior to construction.

The consultation will be held on Monday, December 4 in the Kelsey Centre from 5:30 – 8 pm. We hope to see you there.

Media ReleaseNovember 20, 2017 - A New Sayward Library: Public Consultation



September 26, 2017

The temporary library is open! See below for full details.


September 22, 2017

Your temporary Sayward Library opens September 26 inside Council Chambers! Full library services available, including WiFi, workstations, collections… and more!
The open hours of the temporary branch are the same as the branch's prior to the closure
September 1, 2017

Library services are returning to Sayward. After successful meetings between Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL staff and Village Council, a temporary library will soon open inside Council Chambers while a permanent library is constructed on leased land.

The temporary library is slated to open during the week of September 25 with the same hours of operation as before the closure. 

Free WiFi is now available in the parking lot of the closed library.

Find all the latest information in our updated Frequently Asked Questions (updated September 1, 2017). 


August 18, 2017

Plans are underway to restore library services to the Village of Sayward. Village Council has provided Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) with access to its Council Chambers to offer temporary library services while a permanent solution is finalized. Of the three permanent options provided by the Village, VIRL has indicated its preferred location on which to house a 1,500 – 1,800 sq ft. prefabricated facility on the lands occupied by the Kelsey Community Centre.

  • Closure: On May 31, the Sayward branch was closed to staff and the public due to concerns about air quality. In June, an air quality assessment was undertaken, the results of which indicated air quality concerns. VIRL staff worked with the landlord to address the air quality issues; however, a second assessment conducted in July yielded similar results. Due to health and safety concerns for staff customers and WorkSafeBC regulations, the decision was made to keep the library closed.
  • Temporary Location: We hope to open a temporary location in Council Chambers within approximately 8 weeks’ time. Once open, the space will provide free WiFi, public computers, work stations, a location to pick up requested materials and a selection of physical materials available for loan.   
  • Permanent Location: We plan to open a prefabricated branch on leased land at the Kelsey Community Centre that will include a parking lot, accessible entrances and landscaping. With the larger space, we are looking at various service improvement options, including a larger collection, more IT infrastructure, seating areas, and programming space. 

Before the temporary library opens, VIRL plans to install a WiFi hotspot outside the current library for public use. We are also offering a Books by Mail service to all Sayward cardholders. More information about this service is available 1.877.415.VIRL.

A timeline and budget for the permanent branch are still to be determined. In the meantime, VIRL will conduct a land survey, and undertake the geotechnical, environmental and other work required to prepare the site. VIRL will also develop the lease for the land with Sayward.

Of the three possible options provided by the Village, the site at the corner of H’Kusam Way and MacMillan Drive is VIRL’s preferred location. Pursuant to the Library Act, a final decision about where to locate the new library rests with the VIRL Board of Trustees. 

Information about public consultations, surveys, and other ways the public can provide input, will be provided soon. 

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