New Chemainus branch opening soon

December 16, 2019


Construction on the beautiful new Chemainus library has entered its final phase. With its west coast-inspired design and prominent wood features, the new library is set to become a centerpiece of downtown Chemainus when it opens in January.

“On a recent visit to the branch, I was struck by the abundance of natural light, the iconic wooden beams that are an homage to our forests, and the dynamic spaces that will inspire North Cowichan residents to find any excuse to visit their new library,” says Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Executive Director, Rosemary Bonanno. “I know I speak for everyone at VIRL when I say how excited we are to welcome the community to their 21st Century library.”

Construction on the 2.7-million-dollar library officially got underway in February 2019 under the management of CCM Construction, a Sidney-based company. The cutting-edge design was the vision of HDR Architecture Associates.

“From the first shovelful of dirt, the community has watched the library take shape with keen interest and excitement,” says Mayor of North Cowichan, Al Siebring. “This is an important piece of our vision for a vibrant downtown — the library is sure to become go-to hub for residents and visitors to Chemainus alike. Mayor and Council could not be more thrilled.”

When it opens, library users will have access to the following features and amenities:

  • 5,000 square feet of floor space
  • Increased staffing levels
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • A larger opening day collection with many new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • More public computers
  • A vibrant children’s area
  • A lounging area with fireplace
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • A bookable multipurpose room

The new branch is slated to open to the public on January 13, 2020. The date and time for Grand Opening celebrations will be announced shortly.

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