Give Library and Get Local this holiday season

December 10, 2020


The library is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving. This year, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is partnering with businesses from Bella Coola to Sooke to Give Library this holiday season. Visit any participating business and grab some beautifully packaged library cards — they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for the book lover, film fanatic, gamer, music fan, newshound, language lover, or lifelong learner on your holiday gift list.

VIRL library branches are stocked with Give Library bookmarks which would also make a great stocking stuffer, or addition to a new book. The bookmarks include a QR code so people can sign up on the spot using VIRL’s online registration system.

“We decided to try something a little different this year to help attract more people into local businesses,” says Natasha Bartlett, VIRL’s Divisional Manager of Marketing and Communications. “Businesses everywhere have been struggling for months as a result of the pandemic — we’re hoping to help bring people in to these businesses and increase awareness and interest in the library with this campaign. We’re thrilled to have so many businesses taking part.”

The perfect stocking stuffer, a library card can be used at any of our 39 branches and gives cardholders instant access to:

  • Millions of books
  • Thousands of ebooks and audiobooks
  • Streaming movies
  • Downloadable and streaming mp3 music
  • Magazines and newspapers from around the world
  • Free access to to learn photography, graphic design, and more
  • Learning a new language online with Mango Languages

Participating businesses:

Bella Coola
Townsite Ace Hardware
635 Cliff Street
(250) 799-5353

Cowichan Lake
33 South Shore Road

Sword Fern Boutique
89 South Shore Road

Campbell River
French Creek Collective
990 Shoppers Row

Berwick by the Sea
1353 16 Ave
(250) 850-1353

Banners Restaurant
1319 Shoppers Row

The Island Grind
801 Hilchey Road

Cumberland Bakery
2747 Dunsmuir Avenue

The Ground Gallery & Coffee House
1599 Main Street

Country Club Mall
3200 N Island Hwy,

35 Commercial Street

North Town Mall – London Drugs
4750 Rutherford Road Suite 175,

Woodgrove Mall
North, 6631 Island Hwy,
(250) 390-2721

Port Hardy
8950 Granville Street

The Book Nook at Café Guido
7135 Market Street

Port McNeill
43-1705 Campbell Way

Queen Charlotte City
Queen B’s Café
3208 Wharf Street

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
9811 Seaport Place

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce
6631 Sooke Road #1A

The Stick in the Mud
6715 Eustace Road

Clarity Integrated Health Studio
922 Tree Frog Lane

Mark Hobson Gallery
366 Campbell Street

Picnic Charcuterie
700 Industrial Way

The Factory
102-551 Campbell Street

Local chambers of commerce were instrumental in getting the word out about this campaign to local businesses in VIRL’s service area.

More information about Give Library is available at


Media Contact
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives