Cowichan (Duncan)

Following the Provincial Medical Health Officer orders, masks are now recommended — and appreciated — 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 for free. Simply ask a member of staff.

Sit-Down Service (full browsing)

  • Monday – Friday  10:00 – 4:30 pm

During this time we are open for Sit Down Service: full browsing, holds pick up, and self-checkout available. Public Computers are also available.

Please bring your library card with you!

Takeout Service:

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 10 am – 4:30 pm

During this time we are open for Takeout Service: holds can be picked up at the side door.

Please bring your library card with you!

Library Bookdrop:

  • OPEN: from 9 am Monday through to 5 pm Saturday
  • CLOSED:  5 pm Saturday through to 9 am Monday

Library and Library Bookdrop closed on all statutory holidays.

Public Computer Access

  • Available for one 30-minute session per day.  Drop in anytime during Sit-Down Service hours, but please contact the branch to book a session if you are wanting a time that falls during Takeout service hours.

**NEW  Use our online links (below) to request a customized book bundle.  We will make up a bundle of items based on your interests, notify you when it’s ready, and you can pick it up when convenient during any of our Takeout and browsing service hours.

Adult Form

Youth Form 


About the Branch

The Cowichan library has a long and storied history. It began as a lending library dating back to the late 1800’s. During the Second World War, with a growing population in Duncan, the library moved to the federal customs building. In 1947 a plebiscite was held and Duncan joined what was then called the Vancouver Island Union Library system and the branch opened, for a short time, in the Agricultural Hall. In subsequent years, it moved to the old fire hall and various other locations. In 2004, the library branch moved to its current location in the Island Savings Centre.

A new external book drop is now available, from the sidewalk in the front of the Library.

We offer takeout service with no appointments necessary!  You can reserve material online through our website or give us a call.

NEW – We also offer limited browsing walkthrough Monday to Friday from 1 – 4 pm.  Numbers of customers in the branch at one time is limited also.

We also offer Grab and Go bags and Bundles O’Books for all ages.  If you don’t see something that interests you give us a call and we can make something up for you (with a bit of notice please!).

We are currently not accepting donations of materials at this time.  Thanks very much for your understanding.

Branch Phone Hours

Mon: 9am-5pm
Tue: 10am-8pm
Wed: 9am-5pm
Thu: 9am-5pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm

Branch Features

  • 16 public access computers with internet access, word processing, photocopying and printing
  • Free public WiFi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Research help
  • Free programs for adults and children
  • Photocopier
  • Daily newspapers
  • World Languages collection (Cantonese, German, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese)
  • On BC Transit route
  • Simon Charlie totem pole
  • Bookable Meeting Room
  • Collection size of almost 60,000 items

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Annette Van Koevering
  • Children & Youth Services Librarian – Nariel Davis
  • Adult Librarian – Kendra Runnalls