September 2020

Our family remote learning resources are here to provide valuable resources for both teachers and families taking part in remote learning. Whether you are doing schooling at home, supporting your learners at school or a combination of the above, we have what you need. You can find local community resources, our digital learning tools and links to helpful educational sites all in one convenient location.

August 2020

Vancouver Island library lovers can once again access the entire collection of physical materials at the Vancouver Island Regional Library as it continues a phased approach to resuming library services. VIRL’s delivery trucks are once again transporting books, DVDs, magazines and other materials to branches across Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Central Coast.

May 2020

“We understand just how important libraries are to so many in our communities,” says Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning. “Whether it’s providing books to families, combatting social isolation for seniors, or offering a safe and welcoming space to people in need, libraries mean so much to so many and we are committed to providing services and supports to our communities as soon as it is safe to do so.”

April 2020

While we all stay home to keep our families and communities safe, your library is here to support you! We’ve been adding thousands of new titles to our streaming movies, audiobooks and ebooks, and music downloads. Feel like learning something new? Whether you’re into learning a new language or picking up a new skill, like photography or using Excel, we’ve got you covered! There has never been a better time to dive into the wealth of resources available at your library.

February 2020

We know many of you have wonderful childhood memories of your hometown library but what about lately? We have been packing the program calendar full of fascinating events for ALL ages: We are bringing in local authors to update you on their latest and creating clubs and contests to get you involved in YOUR library again…

January 2020

We know many of you have wonderful childhood memories of your hometown library but what about lately? We have been packing the program calendar full of fascinating events for ALL ages

December 2019

What could be better than a gift that educates, informs, and entertains, all for free? This holiday season, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) invites people to “Give Library” with beautifully packaged library cards for kids and adults.

November 2019

As the the days get shorter and the weather turns from warm to wet, there’s nothing quite like a great book, movie or game to settle in with. We have launched our new selection of video games this month- yes video games…

October 2019

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.

September 2019

Did you know that we have an exciting new branch of VIRL called The Creativity Commons? It is a space for innovation, creation and collaboration. Think of it as a community makerspace in your library where you can print books, design and print 3D models, record a podcast, record a music track, travel in virtual reality or hangout and play a game.

August 2019

“A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now.”- Neil Gaiman

July 2019

Our inaugural edition; Well Read is our monthly e-Newsletter with the latest on all the amazing stuff that makes our library system so exciting and special! From our smallest communities to our largest urban centre, we have something for everyone!

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