Vancouver Island Regional Library is Stronger Than Ever with 2021 Budget

September 19, 2020


 Vancouver Island Regional Library is Stronger Than Ever with 2021 Budget

September 19, 2020, Nanaimo, BC – The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board of Trustees has adopted the 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan, Retooling: Stronger Than Ever. Together.

At the September 19 meeting, the Board adopted a balanced budget of $39,333,061 for 2021. Municipal and regional levies will contribute $24,500,529 to the Library budget, an average increase of 1.87% over 2020. The Budget was supported by all Trustees in attendance.

“In developing this budget, we had to balance the ongoing and uncertain effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with our need to press forward, innovate, and evolve our services,” says Joel Adams, VIRL’s Director of Finance. “Our Board of Trustees needs to be recognized for having the vision and understanding to take the long view in their adoption of this budget. Thanks to their vision, we can continue to provide leading-edge library services to the communities we serve.”

“This budget recognizes the ongoing challenges we all face as a result of COVID-19,” says Brenda Leigh, Chair of the VIRL Board of Trustees. “By focusing on the future, we are positioning VIRL as a leader to help individuals, businesses, and communities emerge from these unprecedented times united, motivated, and stronger than ever.”

For more information about the 2021– 2025 Financial Plan, visit

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David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Cell: 250.327.3651