Following the Provincial Medical Health Officer orders, masks are now required when visiting the library. This is in addition to physical distancing, occupancy limits, and other safety measures.

A properly worn mask covers your nose and mouth at all times. Masks are available. Speak to a member of staff.

If you would prefer not to come inside the library, you may phone us and we will bring your items out to you at our library door.

Our book return slot is now open 24 hours a day!  Returned items may show as checked out on your account while we process your materials; please ignore we will clear your checked out items, thank you for your patience.

At this time, we are waiving all late fees and will let you know once they have been restored.

We also have Book Bundles! Request forms are located outside the library doors, or online – Children and Youth Book Bundle or Adult Book Bundle.

The Library will be open for services, however please note that occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control we may need to restrict access or provide door-only service.

Book a Room

About the Branch

The new Chemainus branch opened in January 2020 on the corner of Cypress and Willow Street.    Historically, the Chemainus branch has seen a lot of books and people pass through its doors since the first library opened in the Masonic Hall in 1949.  The previous branch library opened on Legion Street in 1990 and served the community well for nearly 30 years.

Branch Features

  • Open for full browsing
  • Free public WiFi
  • Research help
  • Collection size of almost 15,000 items

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Stephen Warren

Meeting Rooms


The meeting spaces at the Chemainus branch are available for library programs and by community groups.  At this time, our branch is only booking non-profit and community groups (sorry, no strata meetings or for-profit/business use).  Use of the space is FREE!

Those wishing to book meetings can contact our librarians at with their:

  1. desired date and time (include options for best chance of getting a space)
  2. name of group
  3. general purpose of your group
  4. how many people you expect
  5. technology needs
  6. contact information for the person in charge of the booking