VIRL Library Board innovates and inspires with 2019 Budget

September 22, 2018

Nanaimo, BC – The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board of Trustees is innovating and inspiring with its adopted 2019 – 2023 Financial Plan.

At the September 22 meeting, the Board adopted a balanced budget of $38,139,948 for 2019. Municipal and rural levies will contribute $23,140,091 to the library budget, an average increase of 4.74% or a per capita increase of $1.48.

“By adopting this budget, the Board supports VIRL’s transition to a library of the 21st century,” says Joel Adams, VIRL’s Director of Finance. “We look forward to innovating through programming that meets and exceeds the diverse needs of customers, continuing to invest in our digital collections and technology, and updating our facilities to serve our customers well for years to come.”

The weighted vote amongst Trustees was 100% in favor of the budget.

“VIRL continues to respond proactively to the push for the latest technologies and advancements, ensuring that our branches are well positioned with the spaces,
resources, and expertise to guide our customers now and into the future,” says Barry Avis, Chair of the VIRL Board of Trustees. “At the same time, this Budget is responsive to the pull from our communities to maintain core traditional services that libraries have always provided.”

For more information about the 2019– 2023 Financial Plan, visit our Reports and Plans page.

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