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BC Historical Newspapers

April 20, 2022

Great for students, researchers, and genealogists, Proquest BC Historical Newspapers includes: The Vancouver Sun (1912–2010) The Times–Colonist (1884–2010) The Province …

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Points to the Past

November 7, 2018

Points to the Past is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources, made up of nearly 200 million …

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First Voices Language Archive

September 17, 2018

Thousands of text entries in many diverse Aboriginal writing systems, enhanced with sounds, pictures, and videos. Access: Available to anyone anywhere

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Xwi7xwa Library

September 17, 2018

Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship at the University of British Columbia. Its collections and …

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Ancestry Library Edition

September 17, 2018

Notice: Home access to Ancestry Library Edition ended December 31, 2021. It is now available in the library only. Genealogy …

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Canadian Newsstream

August 3, 2018

Full text access to over 500 BC and Canadian newspapers. Titles include the Vancouver Sun, The Province, Times Colonist, Globe …

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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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