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Open as of August 14 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.

Oak Bay Branch, 1442 Monterey Ave, Victoria BC  V8S 4W1

Stroll through quaint Oak Bay Village, and zip up the walkway across from Rogers’ Chocolates to the Oak Bay Branch, in the same building as the Monterey Recreation Centre.

The pleasant, old-time atmosphere of Oak Bay’s main street extends into the library. A stained glass window with bright-coloured shelves of books greets you in the foyer.

Libris the Lion, a wooden carousel animal hand-crafted and gifted to the library by the Woodcrafters Club at the Monterey Centre, marks the entrance to the children’s area and is a constant companion for young ones as they discover the magic of reading.

The Tonkin heritage house, built in 1913, became part of the library in 1999, adding to the branch a sunny reading room, magazine room with cozy fireplace and a program room for patrons of all ages to explore new ideas.

The heritage feel of the branch complements its modern conveniences. You can research on public computers, plug in your laptop to work on a school project, or get one-on-one help using devices and borrowing from our digital collections.

We love being part of vibrant, dynamic Oak Bay. Look for us at the Oak Bay Tea Party, the Oak Bay night markets and Hallowe’en on the Boulevard.

Branch Features

  • Special areas reserved for kids and teens
  • Public computers
  • Mobile charging stations
  • World languages: Chinese, Spanish (children’s materials only)
  • Bookable meeting room

Branch Information

District Coordinator: Eilleen Gillette

Branch Supervisor: Catherine Cardiff

Parking: Free parking in lot (up to two hours)

Bus Routes: #2, 8  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

  • Book-themed stained-glass windows greet you in the foyer.
  • The addition of the Tonkin heritage house to the library means you can find lovely corners with cozy fireplaces for quiet reading.
  • Libris the Lion welcomes children to their special area in the library. He's very gentle — children can read to him or enjoy a ride.

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.

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