South Cowichan

Following the Provincial Medical Health Officer orders, masks are 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 if needed.


Come inside to pick up holds and browse a limited collection including Grab & Go bags of themed books for children and adults. We have a public computer for internet access by appointment and drop-in as well as a print station. Please bring your library card with you or consider downloading the MyLibrary! app in order to use the touchless self-checkout machine.

The book return slot is always open. Overdue fines are currently waived when items are checked in. All returned items are quarantined for a minimum of 8 hours before returning to circulation.

Please let us know if you can’t come in and we’ll arrange a time to hand your requested items to you right at the front door. You can also complete a Book Bundle form to let us browse the branch for you and pull up to five titles for you to pick up.

South Cowichan Home Delivery: customers of the South Cowichan library who are unable to come in due to a disability or illness may be able to have library materials selected for them and delivered once a month by a library volunteer. This service is just starting up again so, if interested, please contact the branch for more information.

About the Branch

The land on which this library stands is Coast Salish territory, specifically of the Quw’utsun’ (Cowichan) and Malahat peoples whose relationships with the land continue to this day. The South Cowichan library branch opened in 1989. The original name of the library was the Shawnigan Lake branch, established in 1946.

Branch Features

  • Open for Walkthrough
  • Public computer
  • Print station
  • Copier
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Free public WiFi accessible from front patio
  • Collection size of almost 24,000 items

Contact Information

  • Library Manager – Monica Finn