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To help limit the spread of COVID-19, all branches are closed and in-person events cancelled until further notice. Please click here for the latest update (March 27, 2020).

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COVID-19 Updates

March 27, 2020

Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still have so …

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South Cowichan Alert

March 26, 2020

A presumptive case of COVID-19 at South Cowichan branch We recently learned of a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the …

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Stay in touch

March 25, 2020

While we all stay home to keep our families and communities safe, your library is here to support you! We’ve …

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A new library for Woss

March 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Planning is underway on a new library for the community of Woss. Part of Vancouver Island Regional …

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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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