Construction begins July 2 for new Sayward library

June 27, 2019

Sayward, BC – Construction is set to begin on a new library for the Village of Sayward with excavations starting on July 2. Campbell River-based contractor Two Hills Construction is leading the project and the branch is slated to open to the public this fall.

“It is so wonderful to officially see shovels in the ground on this important community-building project,” says Rosemary Bonanno, Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) Executive Director. “The model we have developed for Sayward means that we have a sustainable, replicable design to implement in other rural communities. This is an exciting day for residents in the Sayward Valley and our entire library system.”

The plan for the new library encompasses all aspects of the project, including construction, furniture, IT infrastructure, and more.

“Residents in Sayward love their library and have waited a long time for this day to come,” says Sayward Mayor, John MacDonald. “This project is a huge step forward for our entire community and I know there is excitement growing across the Sayward Valley. Sayward Mayor and Council are excited to see this project start to take shape.”

Once built, Sayward will have a state-of-the-art library 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


Members of the media are invited to a photo-op with project stakeholders at the site of the new library (next to Kelsey Recreation Centre), scheduled for 11am on Tuesday, July 9. Renderings of the new library are included with this release. More information will be provided as it becomes available.


For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651