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Tuesday10:00 am6:00 pm
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Thursday10:00 am9:00 pm
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Saturday10:00 am6:00 pm
Sunday1:00 pm5:00 pm

Esquimalt Branch, 1231 Esquimalt Rd, Victoria BC  V9A 3P1

Art is alive and well at the Esquimalt Branch, which has been part of the Township of Esquimalt since 1969. Local artists are featured on the art wall, and we have two mosaics to enliven the space — Rosemary Murray’s Every Day, Every Street is behind the information desk and Mosaic Garden, created by Rosemary and Geoff Murray, is outside on the concrete column bases in front of the library.

Upon entering the branch, you’ll see our nod to the township’s naval connections – Lieutenant Bruno Snow from CFB Esquimalt. You can’t miss him; he’s a big white bear in full naval regalia, a gift from our friends and neighbours in the Navy.

The Esquimalt Branch is home to the DigiLab, a tech and craft program designed by teens for teens. The idea was initiated by a group of Esquimalt youth who wanted to develop and lead programs that would see like-minded teens meeting and collaborating while exploring new technologies. DigiLab was the result and is a hit with teens 13 to 18.

Between art and tech, our busy branch is a hub of inspiration, with books, videos, magazines and more to pique your curiosity and support you on a journey of learning and discovery.

The branch will be relocating to the Esquimalt Town Square, currently under construction, in a new space poised to strengthen and invigorate the community.

Esquimalt Branch is OPEN during construction of Esquimalt Town Square.

Construction is temporarily impacting parking and accessibility at the Esquimalt Branch. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Here is some information to help you plan your visit:

  • The branch is only accessible from Esquimalt Road. Alternative parking is available on the street and in the south parking lot behind Archie Browning Sports Centre.
  • For your convenience, library items can be returned to a book drop box in the south parking lot behind Archie Browning.
  • The branch is accessible by the wheelchair ramp or through the Esquimalt Municipal Hall, open weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Stay up to date on the Esquimalt Town Square project on the municipal website.

Branch Features

  • Special areas reserved for kids and teens
  • Public computers
  • Mobile charging stations
  • World languages: Spanish children’s books

Branch Information

District Coordinator: Eileen Gillette

Branch Supervisor: Emilia Penkova

Parking: The branch’s parking lot is closed during construction of the Esquimalt Town Square. Alternative parking is available on the street and in the south parking lot behind Archie Browning Sports Centre.

Bus Routes: 15, 26  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

  • Art is alive at Esquimalt Branch — outside on pillars and inside on the walls, where we feature local artists. Come visit and be inspired.
  • This branch is home to the DigiLab, a tech and craft program started by Esquimalt teens.
  • A beautiful mosaic, Every Day, Every Street, by Rosemary Murray, adorns the wall behind the information desk.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Unicorn Party

February 25, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Come Visit Us

Library cards are free

They’re your passport to connect, discover and imagine.


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

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