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Open as of August 18 for limited service.
In-person hours:

For those who self-identify as senior or immunocompromised:
Monday to Saturday
11:00 am—12:00 pm

For everyone:
Monday to Saturday
12:00 pm—4:00 pm

Now return items everyday, any time except for statutory holidays.
Reopening FAQs.

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

Open the doors of the Bruce Hutchison Branch, and dive into a world of education and imagination.

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.

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.

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: Veneta Petkova

Parking: Free parking in lot

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

All branches have printing and photocopying available. The cost is $0.25 per black and white page or $0.50 per colour page. Your library card serves as your copy card; you can add funds to it at the branch. If you don’t have a library card, bring a piece of photo ID, and we will be happy to make you one to provide access to printing and copying services.


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

There are no upcoming events at this time.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

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