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*New* ProQuest Central

December 30, 2022

ProQuest Central is a comprehensive research resource for academic, business, health, and news articles. It includes 47 databases in a …

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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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Clicklaw

September 10, 2020

Clicklaw provides legal information, education and help for British Columbians. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC. Access: Available to …

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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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Creativebug

May 11, 2020

Creativebug is an art and craft education resource. There are thousands of online video classes taught by leading instructors. Categories …

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BC Assessment

November 29, 2018

BC Assessment produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners in the province. …

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BC Laws

November 29, 2018

BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This consolidation of BC Statutes and Regulations …

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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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