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Construction Notice: Esquimalt Branch

Posted on March 5, 2017

Construction of the Esquimalt Town Square is underway and is temporarily impacting parking and accessibility at the Esquimalt Branch. The branch is accessible by the wheelchair ramp or through the Esquimalt Municipal Hall, open weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:30




Freedom to Read Week: February 26 to March 4

Posted on February 26, 2017

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom by reading a book that, at one time or another, was banned or challenged. Choose a banned book »  




Booklist: Promote Empathy, Prevent Animal Abuse

Posted on December 6, 2016

Reading the right books decreases the likelihood of violence against animals, says the BCSPCA. To help spread this message of empathy, we’ve assembled a reading list for kids 0 to 18 that spotlights stories about the experience of animals.




420 Characters Tiny Story Contest Winners

Posted on December 5, 2016

We are pleased to share with you the teen and adult winners of the 420 Characters Tiny Story Contest. Judges had to choose among an incredible 225 entries. We congratulate all participants for their creative and entertaining stories.




Summer Reading Club 2016

Posted on May 26, 2016

Book a Trip! is this year’s Summer Reading Club theme. Browse our summer guide for kids (pdf) and get ready for awesome free programs, weekly prizes and lots of fun! Program registration starts June 15 at 10 am. Pick up




Copy of – Skill Builders Adaptive Toys Kits

Posted on March 18, 2016

Announcing our new collection of fun toys, specially selected for kids with developmental and physical challenges. Great for all families! Learn more »




On mobile? Use m.gvpl.ca

Posted on February 25, 2016

Explore the GVPL catalogue on any device. No need to download or install an app. The interface is available in 26 languages. Try it now »  




Phil Edmonston Visits GVPL

Posted on February 23, 2016

“Dr. Phil,” Canada’s best-known automotive expert and bestselling author of Lemon-Aid consumer guides, will visit the library on Thursday morning from 11 am – 12 pm in the Central Branch Rotunda.




Black History Month

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In honour of Canada’s month long celebration of Black History Month, we are hosting a special exhibit at the Central Branch on loan from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, as well as a special evening of music and spoken word




Heritage Week is February 15-21

Posted on February 16, 2016

In honour of BC’s Heritage Week we’re hosting another great program that will take you back in time. Details >>