The Greater Victoria area, also known as the Capital Regional District, is located on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is made up of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas.
Greater Victoria Public Library is a multi-branch library system that serves 10 member municipalities:
Creativity and inspiration — two words we hold in high esteem.
Through the Greater Victoria Public Library’s programs, collections and services, we inspire our library members to discover new ideas and information that will enlarge their world.
We create opportunities that spark a fervor for lifelong learning, and we provide space and resources to enhance creativity, self-expression and community building.
Guided by our Board of Directors and Executive team, GVPL provides services at 11 library branches, on our website and out in the community to almost 300,000 residents in 10 municipalities in the Capital Regional District.
We invite you to join us in a branch or at one of our pop-up libraries in the community and say YES! to following your curiosity and discovering the wonder and opportunities that open up to you when you do.
We build community and support literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise.
Your place to connect, discover and imagine.
GVPL’s mission, vision and values were approved by the Board in 2016
Our work is guided by the following values:
Collaboration: We engage and work in partnership to meet community needs
Inclusiveness: We respect diversity and provide open access for all in welcoming physical and virtual spaces
Service Excellence: We provide high quality library service that is responsive to the community
Innovation: We commit to continuous improvement in library service delivery
Intellectual Freedom: We uphold the Canadian Library Association’s position on intellectual freedom and the equitable access to and exchange of information, ideas and creativity
Public Accountability: We make transparent decisions that are fiscally sound and measurable
Sustainability: We deliver reliable and relevant services and remain resilient in times of change
Greater Victoria Public Library partners with more than 120 local organizations and businesses, each one helping us achieve our mission to build community and inspire lifelong learning for all.
By collaborating with groups that share goals similar to ours, we can pool our resources and knowledge and work together to inspire your curiosity, enhance learning opportunities and encourage you to connect with your community.
Here are some of the innovative projects we’ve created with our community partners:
Victoria Seed Library with LifeCycles Project Society
Victoria Symphony storytimes
Booksmacks and other events at the Belfry Theatre
Repair Café with Repair Café Victoria
Through our outreach trips, we bring the library’s services and collections to you, wherever you live, work and play in the Capital Regional District.
With our Library Outreach Vehicle (OLiVe) and our Bikemobile, you’ll find us at festivals, markets and events, signing people up for library cards, checking out books and promoting the latest digital collections and tech tools.
Our outreach trips let us reach people who are unfamiliar with the breadth of opportunities available for free through the library. We come to you, bringing our products and services to you, removing the barriers that might be keeping people from using the library.
Examples of where you can find us in the community:
Festivals, markets and events like Car Free YYJ, Canada Day and Colwood Seaside Festival
Schools, daycares and senior and community centres
Our Place Society
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (Wilkinson Jail)
Victoria Health, Wellness and Sustainability Festival and Seedy Saturday