New Sayward library opens this month

December 5, 2019


Residents in the Sayward Valley are in for a treat this holiday season with the opening of their brand new library. With the paint dry, the shelves lined with books, and the public computers humming, the branch reopens to the public on Wednesday, December 18 after two and half years of planning, construction, and anticipation.

“Everyone has waited a long time for this day to come,” 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. Whether you’re an avid reader, a socializer, or a consumer of digital content, we have something for every age, interest, and passion at the library.

“I would also like to thank Sayward council for so generously giving up their chambers during the construction to ensure that library services were always available.”

When it opens later this month, library customers will have access to the following features and amenities:

  • 2,100 square feet of floor space
  • Expanded hours of operation
  • A larger opening day collection with many new materials
  • An expanded program schedule
  • A laptop bar
  • Study space
  • A bookable space

“The community has watched with great interest as the new library has taken shape over the past few months,” says Sayward Mayor, John MacDonald. “I know that this important community space will be well used by Sayward residents for many years to come as they take advantage of the technology, flexible spaces, inviting atmosphere, and library collections. With opening day so close at hand, the excitement in the Valley is palpable.”

Grand Opening
Members of the media are invited to the Grand Opening celebrations on Saturday, December 21, starting at 1pm. Festivities will include speeches, a ribbon cutting, local entertainment, and more.

More information is available on our website.

For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651