New Chemainus library opens next week!

January 6, 2020


The shelves are stocked, the paint is dry, the computers are hooked up, and the stage is set for Chemainus’ brand new library to open to the public on Monday, January 13 at 10am.

“This is an exciting day for North Cowichan library lovers,” says Rosemary Bonanno, Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Executive Director. “With this new library, downtown Chemainus now has a state-of-the-art space where people can pursue their passions, conduct business meetings, settle in for a quiet read, meet with friends, attend thought-provoking programs, help their kids learn and grow, and feel more connected to their community.”

The branch, with its West-Coast-inspired design and abundance of natural light, will offer 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 January 13 date is a soft opening for the branch to address any challenges and ensure that all spaces and amenities are at optimal levels for the Grand Opening.

Grand Opening celebrations are set for Saturday, March 7, starting at 1pm. Everyone is invited for the speeches, branch tours, ribbon cutting, cake, entertainment and more. More information, including invitations to the community, will be provided in the coming weeks.

The new hours of operation for the branch are as follows:

  • Monday: 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 8pm
  • Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 12 – 4pm

More information about VIRL’s Capital Projects is available online.

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