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Oak Bay library opens pop-up location while dealing with asbestos contamination


Greater Victoria Public Library’s (GVPL) Oak Bay branch identified asbestos during proactive testing in late January which caused them to close the facility temporarily.

One week later, on February 6th, the library branch was forced to indefinitely close its doors while the asbestos abatement process took place. 

After one month of not providing convenient service to Oak Bay residents, the District of Oak Bay has secured a space within the Monterey Recreation Centre to operate a pop-up library location run by GVPL.


“The District recognizes the importance of providing library service for the community during this temporary closure,” read a statement from the District of Oak Bay.

“The pop-up library will open at 10 a.m. in the Cedar Room on Tuesday, March 7th and will remain open until services resume at the regular location.”

Once it is officially opened, the pop-up library will be open seven days a week with fluctuating hours of operation:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays
    • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Monterey Recreation Centre’s GVPL pop-up will offer holds pick up, a curated collection of new and popular materials for all-ages and reading abilities, DVDs, Blu-rays, newspapers, drop-in indoor family story time (on Wednesdays, starting March 15th at 10:30 a.m.) as well as continued use of the returns drop box. 

The pop-up location will be able to operate until April 23rd or whenever the asbestos abatement is over — whichever comes first.

Curtis Blandy

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