Shovels in the Ground in Chemainus

March 14, 2019

Chemainus, BC – Shovels are in the ground and construction has officially begun on a new library for the community of Chemainus. Vancouver Island-based contractor, CCM Construction Ltd, is leading the construction, which is projected to be complete by Fall 2019.

“To see construction officially underway is a huge development for the community and library staff,” says Chair of Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) Board of Trustees, Brenda Leigh. “For a project of this scope, there are many players and milestones, and I would like to thank everyone for their dedication and commitment. This is an exciting day for VIRL and the entire Chemainus community.”

The plan for the new library encompasses all aspects of the project, including construction, furniture, IT infrastructure, and more.

“This building is going to be modern and innovative, and a wonderful asset for the people of Chemainus,” says Mayor of North Cowichan, Al Siebring. “The wait can often be long for big projects like this to get off the ground, so to see that construction has begun is incredibly exciting.”

Once built, Chemainus will have a state-of-the-art library with 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


Members of the media are invited to a photo-op with project stakeholders at the site of
the new library (9796 Willow Street), scheduled for 10am on Monday, March 18.

More Information

Renderings of the new library are available online and included with this release. More
information will be provided as it becomes available.


Media Contact
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651