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The Bruce Hutchison Branch was built in 1993 as part of the Saanich Commonwealth Recreation Centre and it opened its doors October 1994. The Branch is 9,196 sq. ft. including a program room for 40 people shared with Commonwealth Place.
The main resource centre for the Library system and has many specialized collections and services, as well as an excellent general collections. It occupies 48,222 square feet of the Waddington Building complex.
The Library was built in 1989 as part of an Expo 86 Legacy Project. It officially opened on February 11, 1989 as part of the Vancouver Island Regional Library system. The branch is 4,702 sq. ft. and has beautiful views of Pioneer Park.
The Emily Carr Branch was the first branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library system, opening in 1966 in the Town and Country Shopping Centre. In 1972, the branch relocated to the 3500 Blanshard Street location.
It is 8,600 square feet on one level, with space for Internet computers, collections and for the public to use for reading and studying. There's also a children's program room to beckon children into storytimes and other programs.
The Juan de Fuca Branch, opened in December 1997, was designed by Marshall & Garyali architects and built by Mailey Developments. The total size of the Branch is 19,000 square feet and is adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
Originally opened in 1976, the Nellie McClung Branch was rebuilt in 1991 following a fire, which totally destroyed it. It has 13,700 square feet. The Branch was named after Nellie McClung, a well-known suffragette and author.
The size of the Branch, including the basement, is 11,358 square feet, an expansion of 5,300 square feet over the original floor plan. A unique feature of this Branch is the incorporation of the Tonkin heritage home on Hampshire Road.
Environmental design elements created a "green building" that makes efficient use of natural resources. This branch is the first GVPL branch to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
In 1966, the communities of North Saanich and Sidney joined VIRL and a branch was opened on Beacon Ave. In 1967, the library moved to the Annex at SANSCHA Hall.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library has a friendly staff eager to help you find what you need. We also have a number of excellent online resources to aid you in your research