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Libraries are life changing. To celebrate BC Library Month, the Greater Victoria Public Library is announcing a new partnership program that embodies the magic of transformation: the Victoria Butterfly Gardens e-pass. Starting October 3, Greater Victoria Public Library cardholders can explore the Gardens for free by borrowing one of twenty e-passes.

The e-pass provides free general admission to the Gardens for up to five people: up to two adults and up to a combination of three children (5 to 12 years) or students (13 to 17 years); children under five are free. The e-passes are valid for seven days and can be redeemed for a single visit.

GVPL’s Culture and Recreation Pass program currently includes partnerships with Craigdarroch Castle, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Royal BC Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Robert Bateman Centre and Saanich Recreation Centres. Passes to these venues have been checked out 18,000 times since the program launched in 2011.

The Butterfly Gardens pass is the second electronic pass in the GVPL Culture and Recreation Pass Program; the other e-pass partner is Craigdarroch Castle. The e-pass is borrowed the same way an ebook is checked out from the library—on a patron’s mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad, using the CloudLibrary app. The library patron will take their mobile device to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and show their e-pass at the admissions desk.

“I look forward to the new ways GVPL is creating opportunities to share fun, educational experiences with my family,” said GVPL patron Jennifer Matautia. “We can easily download the electronic pass, visit Victoria Butterfly Gardens, then borrow a book from the library on a related topic – like The Very Hungry Caterpillar – to read together at home.”


Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger