Now open for Walkthrough service!  Come in and browse most of our collection, pick up your holds, and browse the Grab & Go bags.


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

To be effective, a properly worn mask must cover your nose and face at all times.

Masks are available. Speak to a member of staff.


We kindly as that you please limit your browsing time in consideration of other visitors.

Computers, photocopying and washrooms are not available at this time.

In order to use our new touchless self-checkout machines please bring your library card or download the MyLibrary! app.

You will not have to pay any late fees that may appear on your account since our closure March 17th, 2020. Late fees may appear on your account due to:

  • a delay of 3 to 6 days after you return your books and before they come off your account due to our quarantine procedure
  • an online renewal performed by you on overdue item

Please ignore any of these late fee charges, they will eventually be removed from your account

About the Branch

We respectfully acknowledge that this branch is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the K’ómoks First Nation, who have been caretakers of the land since time immemorial. The Cumberland Branch library opened in the old City Hall in 1947. Cumberland library briefly withdrew from the regional system in 1967, but renewed interest allowed for a new branch to open in 1975. In 2013, the branch was reopened in a new ~3,200 sq. ft. space at 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue (over double the size of the previous branch).

Branch Features

  • 4 public computers
  • Word processing
  • Photocopying & printing
  • Free public WiFi
  • Cozy fireplace
  • Children's space
  • Collection size of more than 12,000 items

Contact Information

  • Located at the Courtenay Library Branch (250) 334-3369
  • Library Manager – Greg Gulas
  • Adult Customer Services Librarian – Jessica Humphries
  • Children & Youth Customer Services Librarian – Natalie Catto