Community, Partnerships & Outreach

The Greater Victoria area, also known as the Capital Regional District, is located on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is made up of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas.

Greater Victoria Public Library is a multi-branch library system that serves 10 municipalities:


Partnerships are an effective way to pursue our vision of inspiring literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. They allow us to cooperate with other organizations in our communities that share similar goals and work together for positive change. Take a look at some of the innovative projects that we’ve worked on with community partners:

Victoria Seed Library
Victoria Symphony Storytimes
Booksmacks and other events at the Belfry Theatre and at the Royal BC Museum
Art exhibits with the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
Movie screenings with MediaNet and with the Victoria Film Festival
Repair Café with Repair Café Victoria


Outreach lets us discover and meet the unique needs of Greater Victoria’s underserved populations, meeting them where they live, work and play. Sometimes it means finding and addressing the barriers that might be keeping people from using their library. Some examples of our outreach work include:

Bookmobile visits to Our Place Society and other organizations
Lending program for inmates at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre
School, daycare, and community centre visits
Assistive Services

Other times, outreach means you’ll find the library popping up in places where you wouldn’t expect it—at your school, an urban market, a festival or in a mall. Mobile technology lets us bring the library to you! Check the calendar for where we will be next. Some examples:

Bikemobile appearing at Oaklands and James Bay Markets and other events
Book Nook at Mayfair Shopping Centre
Display tables at Victoria Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival, Seedy Saturday and other events
Storytimes on the Langford Trolley for Family Literacy Week

Is there something keeping you from using the library? Do you recognize a barrier or do you know of a group we could be serving better? Let us know.