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General · 27th July 2011
On Thursday, July 14, Vancouver Island Regional Library representatives met with MLA Claire Trevena. We met at my request to speak with her about the Board of Trustees’ decision to provide a larger library with expanded services at Quathiaski Cove.

A 2009 study of our 38 library branches identified many building deficiencies, some more serious than others. In 2010, following a facilities master planning process, the Board approved a set of recommendations and established a minimum size for future branches, to bring them more in line with the average BC library standards. The Board also resolved to maintain libraries in existing geographic locations, and Quadra Islanders can rest assured a VIRL branch is there to stay.

The VIRL Board is made up of 38 elected officials from Haida Gwaii to Sidney, and Bella Coola on the Central Coast. Decisions are made relying on input from these elected officials, who always voice their views strongly and effectively.

Strathcona Regional District has long advocated priority redevelopment of its libraries, and the Board included Quadra Island in the first round of redevelopment plans. Unfortunately, the Regional District was unable to provide a building, and we followed public requirements for due process in spending tax dollars to rent or lease a facility.

The only site available for a timely re-location with the planned expansion of library services was in Quathiaski Cove. This location also reflects public assent by the current zoning and is reinforced by the developing Village Plan. The library improvements will be paid for by the 410,000 citizens throughout the VIRL region. Remote islanders can continue to use our Books by Mail service and access a librarian via our toll-free phone number 1-877-415-VIRL (8475) for personalized service.

Although not everyone will be satisfied, we are confident the new site will accommodate a stronger library to support a stronger community on Quadra Island.

Ronna-Rae Leonard
Chair, Board of Trustees
Vancouver Island Regional Library
VI Reg. Library
Comment by Marianne van Toor on 5th August 2011
Re: Books by Mail
Vancouver Island Regional Library offers Books by Mail service to people who live in remote locations.
How it Works - 5 easy steps:
1. Phone 1-877-415-VIRL (8475), or email bbm,,,, and request Books by Mail service.
2. Phone 1-877-415-VIRL (8475) or email info,,, and tell our Librarian what you want to borrow - books (adult/children ), talking books, CDs, DVDs.
3. Our Librarian will mail the items to you in a re-usable bag with a postage-paid return address label. All postage is paid for by the Library.
4. You return the items 3 weeks after you have received them. You can renew the items by phoning toll-free 1-888-988-8475 or visit our website → my VIRL.
5. Mail the items back to the Library in the re-usable bag with the postage-paid return address label.

Note: You can borrow Library materials free of charge, but you are responsible for damaged and/or lost items.
Comment by sandy spearing on 31st July 2011
Can't wait for the new library to open in a bright new space with lots of room and light and finally Q. Cove will have public washrooms to boot! Thank you Ms Lennard and the board of VIRL. We vote for politicians who then work on boards and make decisions. That is how our system works. H. Bay has had the pleasure of a neighbourhood library for over 20 years. Now it is the Cove's turn.
Quadra Is. Library
Comment by Diane & Howard Fielding on 31st July 2011
Thank you Ms. Leonard for the clarification on the process involved in the decision to move the Quadra Is. Library. We are looking forward to this move and the improvement that will take place.

Howard & Diane
books by mail?
Comment by Gypsy Mama on 30th July 2011
Okay, I never even knew about that service before, so how is it paid for? Am I supposed to come up with the mail cost, which is outside of my current budget is is this service included with my membership which means ordering books by mail I can contribute to increasing the costs for our public library services by having books mailed to me. Then how do we ensure the books get returned on time as we all know there are many variables in timeliness of postal deliveries.

Comment by pat gibson on 29th July 2011
considering how democratic this process was, i think the NDP should be looking for a different representative for the next election. ms.leonard will certainly not get many votes around here.