(Greater Victoria Public Library)

As more and more restrictions ease up in B.C., the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) has also begun to reopen more of their branches.

Patrons will be able to borrow physical materials at the Oak Bay Branch starting August 14, Bruce Hutchison Branch starting August 18 and  sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch  starting August 25.

These branches will be open from Monday to Saturday, with the hour between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. reserved for people who self-identify as seniors or immuno-compromised. They will be open for everyone between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Limited in-person services that will be available include:

  • Pick up items on hold, when notified the items are ready,
  • Return borrowed items,
  • Browse a selection of picture books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, video games and reading material for all ages and borrow these items on the spot, and
  • Upgrade an online library card.

The same services are already available at the GVPL’s Central branch, Langford Heritage branch, Saanich Centennial branch, Central Saanich branch, and the Juan de Fuca branch.