Emily Carr Branch

101-3521 Blanshard St. (at Uptown)
Located on the upper level next to Scotiabank
Victoria, BC
V8Z 0B9

Customer Service: 250-940-GVPL (4875)

District Coordinator: Olivia Anderson

Branch Supervisor: Darina Perfenova

Branch Information: The Emily Carr Branch (formerly Saanich-Victoria Branch) was the first branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library system, opening in 1966 in the Town and Country Shopping Centre. In 1972, the branch relocated to the 3500 Blanshard Street location and in 1999 was renamed after the famous author and artist Emily Carr. The branch relocated to the Uptown complex in January 2014.

Relocation: The replacement of the Emily Carr Branch was identified as the top priority facility improvement in the GVPL Facilities Plan, Making Space for the Future.

Branch Information

 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday
Open 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am Closed
Closed 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm

Holiday and Closure schedule

Parking: Free parking at Uptown for a maximum of four hours.

Bus Route: Bus routes to all GVPL locations

Maps & Directions:

PDF map of new location at Uptown

Directions for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and drivers (PDF)

How to get to the new Emily Carr Branch by bike (PDF)

Accessibility: Full access for people with disabilities.

Services & Resources

World Language Collections: Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi

Programs & Events: Emily Carr Program Calendar

Meeting Rooms: Small meeting room (seats six) available for the public to book for free. The room can be reserved on the day of use for a maximum two-hour block. Call or visit the branch to book.

Computers & Technology

 Public Internet  Children’s Intenet Teen Internet  Kiosks Self Check-outs Adaptive
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Public Computer & Copier Information


Printers & Photocopiers:  1 multifunction machine

Wireless Internet: Free wireless access is available