Vancouver Island Regional Library

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Vancouver Island Regional Library
Country Canada
Type Regional Public library
Established 1936
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Branches 38
Items collected books, e-books, music, CDs, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history
Size 1.1M (2011)
Access and use
Circulation 5,131,500 (2011)
Other information
Budget $17,240,827 (2011)
Director Rosemary Bonanno
Website Vancouver Island Regional Library
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.


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


With Central Services on Hammond Bay Road in north 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 North, 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.


  1. VIRL Locations & Hours
  2. VIRL online catalogue

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