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June 19, 2020

CELA is the Centre for Equitable Library Access, which provides access to a collection of over 700,000 books, magazines, newspapers …

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June 18, 2020

NNELS is the National Network for Equitable Library Service, an online public library of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for people …

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Project Gutenberg

August 14, 2018

Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them …

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August 13, 2018

TeenBookCloud (aka TumbleBookCloud) has 600 titles for middle and high school readers! This collection contains a wide range of audiobooks, …

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August 13, 2018

Update: TumbleBooks is providing free access, no card required. Click on the Launch button to open. An online collection of …

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OverDrive and Libby

August 13, 2018

Notice: The Economist will no longer be available starting February 1, 2023. The last issue will be the January 28 …

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Fast Facts about Vancouver Island Regional Library

  • Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia.
  • Holdings at Vancouver Island Regional Library number almost one million and include books, magazines, CD’s and DVD’s. Card holders can borrow materials from any of our 39 locations.
  • In 2012 there were 2.6 million visits to our branches and our customers borrowed 4.6 million items.
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library. We were the second regional library in North America.
  • With 39 branch libraries across the island, Vancouver Island Regional Library serves over 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola)

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