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Please note that all VIRL branches will be closed in honour of Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11. Here are some great titles on the theme of Remembrance.

News and Stories

Fighting for Access

November 8, 2019

To discover more about how this embargo may affect a portion of our customers who are specifically reliant upon eBooks …

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Taking On Storytime

November 8, 2019

Over eight years, ago Dana Horrocks was considering being a teacher and realized what she REALLY wanted to do was …

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In Remembrance

November 6, 2019

Whether you have family who fought in the past for our country, want to support current troops or simply are fascinated …

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NEW Self Checkout Machines

October 22, 2019 | Administration

We’re happy to announce that VIRL’s self checkout machines are being upgraded! The upgrades will take place beginning November 1st, …

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Election Enlightenment

October 8, 2019

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed by ALL of the election information? We have excellent news! Being a librarian goes well beyond …

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Fast Facts about Vancouver Island Regional Library

  • Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia.
  • Holdings at Vancouver Island Regional Library number almost one million and include books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s. Card holders can borrow materials from any of our 39 locations.
  • In 2012 there were 2.6 million visits to our branches and our customers borrowed 4.6 million items.
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library. We were the second regional library in North America.
  • With 39 branch libraries across the island, Vancouver Island Regional Library serves over 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola)

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