Give Library this Holiday!

December 1, 2021

Give Library and Get Local this Holiday Season!

It doesn’t get more local than your library. That’s why Vancouver Island Regional Library is partnering with locally-owned and operated retail businesses in communities across our service area to Give Library this holiday season.

Register for a Card

It works like this:

  • We provide partnering retailers with professionally produced point of sale card stands loaded with holiday-themed library cards for kids and adults.
  • Customers take one or more cards to give as stocking stuffers.
  • We also stock our library branches with beautiful QR coded bookmarks that link straight to our online card sign up — another great stocking stuffer or add-on to a gift book

Local businesses feel good knowing they’re supporting literacy, connection, and community and they’ll get some free advertising to boot from their library.

Chances are, there’s a participating business near you. Stay tuned for a full list of businesses.

Why give a library card as a gift?

A library card is a great gift for anyone who loves to read books, watch movies, listen to music, learn languages, play games, and so much more.

The library card not only offers access to millions of items in our 39 libraries, it also opens a world of online products and services!

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the things available with a library card:

  • Access to millions of books, ebooks, and audiobooks
  • Video games, comics, graphic novels
  • Critically-acclaimed streaming movies
  • Free downloadable mp3 music
  • A global selection of magazines and newspapers
  • Lifelong learning opportunities

Let’s all Give Library and get local this holiday season!

Register for a Card Now!

Participating Businesses

Gabriola Island

Village Liquor Store 

575 N Rd #4, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X3


Port Hardy


8950 Granville St, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0


The Book Nook at Cafe Guido 

7135 Market St, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

Port McNeill


43-1705 Campbell Way, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0



Tahsis Building Supply 

123 Harbour View, Tahsis, BC V0P 1X0



Pure Spa 

97 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G3


Habitat for Humanity Restore

#1 – 4128 Mostar Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6C9


Ironworks Cafe & Creperie

200 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6


That 50’s Barbershop 

16A Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B8


London Drugs Port Place Shopping Centre

650 Terminal Ave Suite 2, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5E2


London Drugs Nanaimo North Town Centre

4750 Rutherford Rd Suite 175, Nanaimo, BC V9T 4K6


Toys “R” Us

6631 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, BC V9T 4T7



35 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G3



Campbell River

Island Grind 

801 Hilchey Rd #104-105, Campbell River, BC V9W 0B5


Cowichan Lake

Swordfern Boutique 

89 S Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0



33 S Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0


Bella Coola

Townsite Ace Hardware

635 Cliff St, Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0



The Ground Gallery and Coffee House

1M0, 1599 Main St, Masset, BC


Sooke Chamber of Commerce

6631 Sooke Rd #1a, Sooke, BC V9Z 0A3





The Sandspit Visitor Information Centre 

1 Airport Rd, Sandspit, BC V0T 1T0


Biblio Taco

2724 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0




Bigfoot Donuts

463 5th St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1J7




Komox Grind Espresso & Smoothie Bar

1811 #105, Comox Ave, Comox, BC V9M 3L9


Ironworks Cafe & Creperie

422 Esplanade Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1


Ironworks Cafe & Creperie

64 Station St, Duncan, BC V9L 1M4


Hornby Island

Hornby Island Co-op

5875 Central Rd, Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0



Town of Sidney Municipal Hall 

2440 Sidney Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1Y7


District of North Saanich

1620 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 5S9


Mary Winspear Centre 

2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9

Port Alberni

SteamPunk Cafe & Coffee House 

3025 3rd Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1S7






Willow Street Cafe 

9749 Willow St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K3

Gold River

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations gym

100 Ouwatin Road, Tsaxana, BC

Qualicum Beach

Constituency Office of MLA Adam Walker 

184 W 2nd Ave A, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2T5


Rhino Coffee House

430 Campbell St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0


Ucluelet Brewing Company

1601 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0


SOS Thrift Shop 

188 West Hirst Avenue, Parksville, BC V9P 2G9