Nanaimo North

About the Branch

Nanaimo North branch opened officially on July 12th, 2014. Since that time it has become one of the busiest branches in the Vancouver Island Regional Library system. The 17,600 square foot branch boasts over 60,000 items in its collection and features bookable meeting rooms with televisions to connect to your laptop, a laptop bar, multiple express check-out stations and a bright, open floor plan with large windows overlooking a natural environment of local conifers.

The land on which this library stands is the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, whose relationship with the land continues to this day.

Branch Features

  • Over 60,000 items in its collection
  • A large fireplace and magazine area
  • Bookable meeting rooms with blue-tooth-enabled flat screen televisions
  • Adult Book Club collection
  • A laptop bar
  • Multiple express check-out stations
  • Automated book return
  • Spacious sections for children and teens
  • A bright, open floor plan with large windows overlooking a natural environment of local conifers
  • Free public WiFi

Meeting Room

NO MORE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE UNTIL NEW BOOKING CYCLE IN SPRING OF 2020

The meeting spaces at Nanaimo North are extremely well used 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!  If your group wishes to support the library with a donation, it will be gladly received at the branch or online.  Preference given to groups that are open to the public.

In the interest of fairness to groups in the community, this branch is now using an application process for groups wishing to make ongoing bookings for their meetings.  We will also ask you to complete the Meeting Room Application if your group uses the room more than once.

Please bring your application to the branch or email it to nanaimonorth@virl.bc.ca.

Occasional use and study groups

Those wishing to book one-time meetings can contact our librarians at nanaimonorth@virl.bc.ca 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

Groups of individuals studying are always welcome to book our Study Room 1, or make use of the drop-in space, Study Room 2. For same-day bookings of Study Room #1, please call the library at 250-933-2665.

How the bookings cycle works

We take applications for all-year bookings in March, and April for bookings running between September 1 of that year and August 31 of the next year.  The applications are reviewed starting May 1 and rooms are allocated by the end of May. The application process occurs annually and helps us streamline the use of the library’s spaces.

We are often able to accommodate shorter term use throughout the year, so please put in to use a space at any time in the booking cycle.  All-year bookings groups are welcome to inquire about use throughout the year but we are unlikely to have space for you after the May allocation.

NOTE: The Large Meeting Room is no longer available on Thursdays or Fridays for non-library use.

Spaces available

Study Room 1:
  • Available during open hours
  • TV capable of connecting via HDMI to your own laptop or device, and Apple TV with necessary remotes and written instructions
  • 8 chairs and large square table
  • No kettle capabilities (due to electrical capacity of plug)
Study Room 2:
  • Drop-in use during open hours, except for Friday mornings from 10am-1pm when exams may be scheduled
  • TV capable of connecting via HDMI to your own laptop or device
  • 8 chairs and horseshoe-shaped table
  • No kettle capabilities (due to electrical capacity of plug)
Board Room:
  • Available from 5-8pm Mon-Thurs, 10am-5pm Sat, and 12:30-4pm Sun
  • TV capable of connecting via HDMI to your own laptop or device
  • 16 chairs and large long table
  • Kitchenette with kettle
Meeting Room:
  • Available during open hours, except all day Thurs and Fri
  • TV capable of connecting via HDMI to your own laptop or device, and Apple TV with necessary remotes and written instructions
  • DVD/Blu-Ray player, Shaw Cable, Apple TV
  • up to 7 tables, size 2 ½ x 6′
  • up to 45 chairs
  • Kitchenette with kettle and coffee maker

Proctoring/Exam Invigilation

Friday mornings from 10am-1pm only

Distance students can book exam invigilation for a cost of $30 per exam.  Please see our guidelines here.  It is preferable that you use your own laptop.  If you do not have a laptop, you can use the library’s.  All exams take place in a quiet room.

The best way to arrange your exam time is to email us at NanaimoNorth@virl.bc.ca with your school and course, how long your exam will take, whether you are using your computer or writing a paper exam, and your preferred Friday dates.

The Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch and VIU also provide proctoring services that may be more convenient for you. Nanaimo Wellington Branch offers Food Safe exams.

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Jennifer Seper
  • Customer Services Librarian – Adult – Darby Love
  • Customer Services Librarian – Children & Youth – Julie Carter
  • Customer Services Librarian – Children & Youth – Sheila Hammond-Todd