Vancouver Island Regional Library

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Vancouver Island Regional Library
Country Canada
Type Regional Public library
Established 1936
Coordinates 49°9′57″N 123°56′11″W / 49.16583°N 123.93639°W / 49.16583; -123.93639Coordinates: 49°9′57″N 123°56′11″W / 49.16583°N 123.93639°W / 49.16583; -123.93639
Branches 38
Collection
Items collected books, e-books, music, CDs, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history
Size 1.1M
Access and use
Circulation 5,131,500
Other information
Budget $17,240,827
Director Rosemary Bonanno
Website Vancouver Island Regional Library
Phone number (250) 758-4697
References: 2011 Annual Report

The Vancouver Island Regional Library(VIRL) is the fourth-largest library system in British Columbia. It serves more than 430,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) and the Central Coast (Bella Coola) through 38 branch libraries and a books-by-mail service. Administrative offices are located in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library; it was the second regional library in North America.

Services[edit]

Vancouver Island Regional Library offers a books-by-mail service.[1] VIRL has a searchable online catalogue.[2]

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks

Branches[edit]

With headquarters at Diana Krall Plaza off Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo, VIRL has branches in Bella Coola, Bowser, Campbell River, Chemainus, Comox, Cortes Island, Courtenay, Cowichan, Cowichan Lake, Cumberland, Gabriola Island, Gold River, Hornby Island, Ladysmith, Masset, Nanaimo Harbourfront, Nanaimo Wellington, Parksville, Port Alberni, Port Alice, Port Clements, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Renfrew, Quadra Island, Qualicum Beach, Queen Charlotte City, Sandspit, Sayward, Sidney/North Saanich, Sointula, Sooke, South Cowichan, Tahsis, Tofino, Ucluelet, Union Bay and Woss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ VIRL Locations & Hours
  2. ^ VIRL online catalogue

External links[edit]