You are here:»»Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library2020-07-15T16:41:14+00:00


  • We welcome new Friends! You can volunteer at book sales, on the Executive Board or at the Friendshop and help raise funds for the library.
  • The Friendshop is open every day the Central Branch is. Browse deals on books, music, movies and more.
  • The Friends hold two or three book sales every year. They accept donations of books in great condition.
  • The Friends have raised more than $800,000 for GVPL through their fundraising efforts. Wow!

Contact the Friends

Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library
735 Broughton Street
Victoria BC  V8W 3H2

[email protected]

Donate Books

The Friends gratefully accept donations of items in excellent condition to sell in the Friendshop or at book sales.

The Friends accept the following material:

  • Books, CDs, DVDs and video games of current interest (up to three years old)
  • French and world languages – popular fiction and non-fiction (published in the last three years)

The Friends cannot accept the following material:

  • Mouldy, yellowed, underlined material
  • Encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Cassettes or videos
  • CDs, DVDs or video games copied from originals
  • Materials downloaded from the Internet

The Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library are a group of enthusiastic people of all ages who volunteer their time, energy and ideas in support of the library.

These valued volunteers help to promote the library, raise funds to enhance the library’s materials and programs, and run the Friendshop at the Central Branch.

With a membership of 120, the Friends of the Library keep very busy! Once books are withdrawn from library shelves, they become the property of the Friends of the Library. The Friends make these books available at their book sales and the Friendshop. In addition to offering some great bargains, the sales raise funds that go towards the programs and services of the library. The Friends have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for GVPL!

Join the Friends

A Friends membership is only $15 a year. New members are always welcome. You can volunteer your talents at book sales, on the Executive Board or at the Friendshop. Volunteers can help out at a single event or many times throughout the year.

To join the Friends, pick up a brochure at any GVPL branch. Fill out the form, place it in an envelope marked “Friends of the Library” and turn it in to any library staff member.


Support Your Library

A donation to your library helps inspire literacy, lifelong learning
and community enrichment for all.


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

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