Exciting day for Woss!

July 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Nanaimo, BC – The new Woss library has taken an important step towards construction. On July 22, National Contracting Solutions, a Nanaimo-based construction firm, was awarded the contract to build the new library for the community.

“This is an exciting day for Woss,” says Rosemary Bonanno, Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) Executive Director. “With the contract now awarded and construction soon to start, the entire community can look forward to a state-of-the-art library for many years to come. When I think back to the great public consultation we held a couple of years ago, it’s wonderful to see how far we’ve come despite the challenges and uncertainties of the past few months.”

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

Once built, Woss will have a state-of-the-art library with the following features and amenities:

  • 1,400 square feet of floor space
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • An opening day collection of entirely brand new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • Fireplace lounge and comfortable seating
  • A bookable space

Renderings of the new library are included with this release (and attached).

More information, including a construction timeline, will be provided as it becomes available.

Part of VIRL’s Prototype Library

Once built, the Woss branch will be the second of VIRL’s Prototype libraries, a sustainable, cost-effective, and scalable design that allows VIRL to build in rural and remote communities. The Prototype model, which saw its first branch open in Sayward in late 2019, will help VIRL deliver on the commitments to our rural communities set out in the Consolidated Facilities Master Plan.