Sidney / North Saanich

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 face at all times. Masks are available.

Speak to a member of staff.


Open for Sit Down Service, Takeout Service and Library Materials Return!  Please bring your library card.

Sit Down Service:  Come in!  Browse the collection, pick up holds, limited computer access (please book in advance).  Seating and study tables not available.

Takeout Service: Place holds at search.virl.bc.ca and you’ll be contacted when items are ready for pick up. Or call us at 250-656-0944 and we’ll select items for you. Drop-in during Takeout Service hours and pick up your items at the entrance.

Library Materials Return: Return library materials through the book drop at the back of the building. Open 24/7.

Sit Down Service Hours

Monday – Saturday:  1 – 4pm

Takeout Service Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  10am-12pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 5-7pm

About the Branch

In 1966, the communities of North Saanich and Sidney joined VIRL and a branch was opened on Beacon Ave. In 1967, the library moved to the Annex at SANSCHA Hall. The library has been at its current location, a few blocks from Sidney’s downtown, since 1982.

In the spring of 2019, the branch re-opened to great fanfare after a significant renovation project that saw a completely reimagined interior space, new HVAC, and much more.

Branch Features

  • Open for Takeout
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible washroom
  • 8 public access computers and printer/copier
  • 2 children's computers with early literacy games
  • Fireplace lounge area
  • Study area
  • Bright open floor plan with large windows overlooking a beautiful garden and Community Wellness park
  • Home delivery service for customers who cannot visit the library in person
  • On BC transit route
  • Free public WiFi

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Sharon Walker
  • Adult Customer Services Librarian – Virginia MacLeod