Sayward

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New Sayward Library

The brand new Sayward library opened to the public on December 18, 2019 with the following features and amenities:

  • 2,100 square feet of floor space
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • A larger opening day collection with many new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • A bookable space

About the Branch

We respectfully acknowledge that this branch is situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, and K’omoks peoples, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The Sayward Women’s Institute provided library service to Sayward starting in 1964. The Sayward library branch opened in 1971 and moved to Kelsey Way in 1993. In December 2019, Sayward became the first community to receive a new branch as part of VIRL’s rural prototype building model.

Branch Features

  • 2 public computer stations
  • Free public WiFi
  • Collection size of more than 3,000 items

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Natalie Catto
  • Adult Customer Service Librarian – Arija Fisher
  • Children and Youth Customer Service Librarian – Angela Gunther