Pre-1999, there were two library options for residents of Gabriola Island: a bookmobile at the south end of the island, and a very popular books-by-mail service. That all changed in 1999 when a dedicated library opened in the bustling Gabriola Folklife Village. Over the years, the library has expanded in size and scope and has firmly established itself as a vital cornerstone of island life.
As a regional system, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) covers a vast geographic area, from Sooke and Sidney in the south to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast. Our system, the fifth largest in British Columbia, totals more than 42,0000 square kilometres and includes a mix of urban, rural, and remote communities that work together to ensure exemplary library services for all our members.
Gabriola Island Branch Information:
#5 575 North Road
Gabriola BC V0R 1X4
Jeff Strain, Librarian
Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch Information:
The next closest branch is Nanaimo Harbourfront which provides some of VIRL’s central services.
90 Commercial Street
Nanaimo BC V9R 5G4
Jason Kuffler, Sales and Marketing Officer
250-753-1154 ext. 246
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