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BC Charms

October 31, 2022

BC CHARMS (BC’s Refugee Claimant Housing Referral System) is a joint venture between The Ministry of Municipal Affairs, MAP BC, …

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International Newsstream

May 6, 2022

International Newsstream provides the most recent news content outside of the US and Canada, with archives which stretch back decades …

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Encyclopædia Universalis

September 4, 2020

An extensive collection of French-language reference resources. Encyclopedia Universalis provides a wealth of reliable Britannica information en français. Includes a …

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Universalis Junior

September 4, 2020

Un outil de référence en français pour les 7 ans et plus! A French-language reference tool for ages 7 and …

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Mango Languages

September 17, 2018

Language learning database designed to equip you with conversational abilities. Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 45 different …

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Kanopy

September 13, 2018

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world. …

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Naxos Music Library – World

September 13, 2018

Stream a wide range of world music, from legendary historical musical performances to contemporary world music. Almost 10,000 albums available, …

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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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