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Bruce Hutchison Branch, 4636 Elk Lake Dr, Saanich Commonwealth Place, Victoria BC  V8Z 7K2

Built as part of the Saanich Commonwealth Place Recreation Centre, with the area’s only Olympic-size pool, the Bruce Hutchison Branch opened its doors in 1994. We share a large programming room with Commonwealth Place in which we host free programs for kids, teens and adults.

Our welcoming space provides comfy areas for you to work at your laptop, go online at one of our public computers or study with friends. Light pours in from large windows that overlook one of Saanich’s beautiful green spaces – we recommend taking a walk with an e-audiobook filling your earbuds.

Artwork by local artists adds colour to our walls, and popular among our patrons is a display of Royal Oak’s pioneer families and one of the branch’s namesake, author and journalist Bruce Hutchison, including framed cartoons and a sketch of Hutchison by celebrated artist Myfanwy Pavelic.

We hope we’ll have the pleasure of welcoming you to Bruce Hutchison for quiet reading, a lively program or discovery of something new to enlarge your world.

Branch Features

  • Special areas reserved for kids and teens
  • Public computers
  • Mobile charging stations
  • World languages: Chinese, Spanish
  • Program room (booked through Saanich Commonwealth Place at 250-475-7600)

Branch Information

District Coordinator: Andrea Brimmell

Branch Supervisor: Catherine Cardiff

Parking: Free parking in lot

Bus Routes: #6, 30, 31, 32, 35, 39, 70, 71, 75 (Royal Oak Exchange is nearby)  BC Transit


Special Features

  • Quiet, well-lit seating areas provide a peaceful place to relax.
  • Bruce Hutchison is connected to Saanich Commonwealth Place. Pop in the branch after swimming or working out to fuel your imagination.
  • Canadian artist Myfanwy Pavelic's charcoal portrait of Bruce Hutchison is on display.

Upcoming Programs & Events

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