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Our Esquimalt Branch, located in the Esquimalt Municipal Hall, has closed. Please know we’re working behind the scenes to open our new branch in the Esquimalt Town Square. Watch this space for updates, including the opening date. We appreciate your patience during this transition.
A couple of important notes:
  • Library items can still be returned to the book drop box in the south parking lot behind the Archie Browning Sports Centre, or at any GVPL branch.
  • Items placed on hold at the Esquimalt Branch will be available for pickup at our Saanich Centennial Branch, or another branch of your choosing.
  • Visit our other locations for in-branch services, including browsing and access to public computers; our Saanich Centennial and Central Branches are the nearest locations to Esquimalt.

Coming Soon! GVPL’s New Esquimalt Branch

A flexible and inclusive space designed to inform and inspire our community. Highlights include:

  • Constructed using natural building materials that utilize green technologies.
  • A custom-built ceiling system that reduces noise by absorbing sound.
  • A natural colour palette pulled from the surrounding landscape.
  • An innovative floor plan that enables both quiet and animated areas.
  • Located in a vibrant town centre, creating opportunities to connect with neighbours.
  • Surrounded by an open-air gallery and public art walk.

At a Glance: The New Esquimalt Branch

  • 10,000+ square feet.
  • Large windows allowing for abundant natural light.
  • A diverse browsing collection, specially curated for the Esquimalt community.
  • Comfortable reading areas with varied seating options.
  • Dedicated space for both quiet study and collaboration.
  • Public computers with printing.
  • Two bookable meeting rooms.
  • Express check-out stations.
  • Dedicated areas for children with an interactive learning pod.
  • Large teen area to relax and study.
  • A true destination for exploring new interests.

Exciting Things are Happening!

For over fifty years, GVPL has been enriching the Esquimalt community by inspiring discovery, curiosity, and creativity through the sharing of spaces, experiences, and ideas. We are counting down the days until we’re able to welcome patrons inside our new branch in the Esquimalt Town Square. This flexible, accessible, and inclusive space has been carefully designed to meet the changing needs of the Esquimalt community.

Continue to watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on the new branch, including the opening date.

Exciting things are happening!


Upcoming Programs & Events

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

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