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Everyone has their own library story. Many give because they have fond childhood memories of taking home stacks of books from the library. Others donate because they believe the entire community benefits from a public library. Your donation can help the library in four distinct areas that are explained below.


Vibrant Library Spaces

Last year, we welcomed nearly 6.7 million visitors to our branches in person and virtually. A library is much more than a place to check out a book; it is a community meeting space, a virtual office, a play zone and a destination for lifelong learning. Your donation helps us refresh and renew these busy spaces.

Exceptional Collections

Did you know that library users borrow more, per capita, in Greater Victoria than in other large Canadian communities? We are a community of passionate readers, dedicated to lifelong learning. Last year, nearly 5.5 million books, magazines, DVDs and digital collections were used by community members. Your support helps us keep up with the growing demand for these popular materials.

Community-Inspired Programs and Services

Your support helps us expand our programs and services to instill a love of reading in kids, help people navigate the online world, welcome newcomers and support job seekers. There are lifelong learning opportunities for every age and every stage of life at the library. Last year, 98,000 people in Greater Victoria attended more than 3,200 library programs and events.

Lifelong Learning at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch

Our newest branch, named after the Lekwungen word for the James Bay area, aims to instill a passion for reading in children and teens with interactive toys and games. Your support will help young readers develop early language and literacy skills.

Legacy Giving

Please send me information about how I can make a gift for future generations in my will by contacting me about:

Registered Charity

The Greater Victoria Public Library is a registered charity. Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt for all eligible donations in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines. Our charitable registration number is 11894 6979 RR0001.

Personalize My Gift

We also offer three unique ways to personalize your gift. When you give $25 or more in memory of someone special, in honour of an individual or group, or in celebration of someone special, we will send a hand-written card directly to them, designed by GVPL staff.


Has the library played a role in your life?

We’d love to hear what the library means to you.


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

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