January 13, 2021
Victoria, BC – Beginning today, Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) is pleased to offer extended open hours at four of its branches and access to public computer stations at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay branch.
As of Wednesday, January 13, 2021 all GVPL district branches (Central, Juan de Fuca, Nellie McClung and Saanich Centennial) will be open until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and until 6:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The other eight GVPL branches are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.
Public computer stations, with printing services, are also now available in a small, dedicated computer lab at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay branch. 50-minute computer sessions can be booked up to seven days in advance by calling the Customer Service line (250-940-4875) or through a staff member at any GVPL branch. 15-minute express computer sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available at gvpl.ca. Patrons will have access to hand sanitizer and wipes to clean the equipment before and after each use. Public computer access will be restored at the remaining GVPL locations on a branch-by-branch basis.
“The re-introduction of public computer stations is an important next step in restoring library services to the Greater Victoria community,” says Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library.
During Phases 1 and 2 of the GVPL Service Restoration Plan, all 12 branches re-opened allowing patrons to place holds, return items, and 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. Since re-opening in June, GVPL patrons have requested more than 446,000 items to borrow from the 650,000 books, adaptive toy kits, DVDs, CDs, and games in the library catalogue.
During the COVD-19 pandemic, GVPL experienced unprecedented demand for its digital services through the library’s virtual branch, gvpl.ca, open 24/7. During the physical branch closure, the circulation of digital items was up more than 92% and use of the digital collection continues to be strong with more than 1,810,721 items being checked out during 2020. To keep up with demand, GVPL added 37,000 new digital items to its collection. Patrons who need help with any of GVPL’s digital platforms can visit www.gvpl.ca/help for helpful Niche Academy tutorials or call the Customer Service line.
Don’t have a library card? Get one in two minutes at www.gvpl.ca/get-a-library-card/ and start reading, watching, playing, listening, and learning right away.
Sandra Hudson [email protected] 250-216-1380
About Greater Victoria Public Library
Greater Victoria Public Library builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise. GVPL provides services and collections in 12 libraries and online at www.gvpl.ca to more than 380,000 residents in 10 municipalities. The library is your place to connect, discover and imagine.