Sidney / North Saanich

Open for Takeout Service and Library Materials Return!  Please bring your library card!
Survey: It’s not too late to complete the paper version of our recent survey. They will be available at the branch until September 24. Please visit or contact us during Takeout Service hours if you would like one.

Takeout Service: Place holds at search.virl.bc.ca and we’ll contact you 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. Materials are quarantined for 72 hours after they are returned.

Takeout Service Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  10am-12pm, 1-4pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 1-4pm, 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

  • 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