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The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is the fourth largest library system in British Columbia. It serves more than 400,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola) through 39 branch libraries and a books by mail service. Administrative offices are located in Nanaimo.
VIRL supports the people in our communities to pursue lifelong learning through responsive collections, electronic resources, innovative programming and services. Our libraries are the cornerstones of our diverse communities where children and adults can experience personal enrichment and collaboration with one another. For over 80 years, VIRL has built strong relationships with customers and community partners to ensure each community receives a library service that meets their needs and expectations. VIRL is an essential partner in assisting our communities to succeed thanks to the collaboration and strength from the communities we serve.
Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library; it was the second regional library in North America. For an informal and anecdotal history of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, browse through The Key: http://www.virl.bc.ca/app/DocRepository/1/about_the_library/about_the_library/key_2006.pdf