Monday, April 4, 2016

Book sale total...

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our book sale at the Nellie Mcclung branch, April 2nd and 3rd,  and purchased some books.

We are pleased to announce that with your help we were able to raise $6,120.05.

Please stay tuned for information on our next book sale.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Booksale April 2 and 3

The next sale will be at:


Saturday, April 2
5:00 – 8:00 pm ($3 earlybird admission)

Sunday, April 3
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Free admission, book prices as marked)
1:15 – 3:15 pm ($10 admission, books free)

All proceeds support library programs and services.

Monday, February 15, 2016

What’s all this hoopla?

Have you heard about hoopla? The newest innovation at the GVPL? Thousands of movies, television shows, audiobooks and music albums are now available to borrow and instantly stream on a tablet, smartphone or computer. GVPL cardholders are allowed 12 checkouts per month for use in their primary residences only. Get started at or get the app – visit the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android.

Volunteer at the Friendshop

You love books. You’re pleasant and patient with customers.

We have the job for you! Volunteering at The Friendshop can be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your love of books! Full training and ongoing support is provided. In addition to pleasantly assisting customers with their purchases, volunteers price books, refill the book display areas, tidy up, and generally make the Friendshop a place that you would want to spend some time browsing – and buying in.  No worries, our cash register is very simple to operate! 

The Shop is located right inside the entrance of the downtown Central Branch, open Monday to Friday, 10 to 4, Saturdays 12 to 3, Sundays (late Fall to early Spring) 1:15 to 4. The regular weekday shifts are three hours each (10-1pm,1-4pm).

For more information, please email Elaine at

Don’t take a pass on art, borrow a pass!

Did you know that you can use your library card to borrow a pass to the Robert Bateman Centre, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Royal BC Museum?
Don’t miss a chance to see these wonderful collections.  Passes are good for the whole family but they’re a great deal and in high demand, so you might have to place a hold… Do that today and when your turn comes up you’ll have a “surprise” weekend activity all ready to go! And remember, we’re on Facebook.

Visit the Friendshop

Can’t wait for the next book sale? Or need a good book to relax with after a hectic week?

We have a great selection of previously-loved library materials, donated books, magazines, DVDs and CDs for sale. Our regular hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, and Sunday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

We’re located just inside the entrance of the central library at 735 Broughton. The Friends volunteer their time and all profits support your public library.  And remember, we’re on Facebook.

5 Good Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library

From the  Huffington Post Book Blog, here are some great reasons to visit the library with your kids:

1. Regular library visits lead to more reading.

2. When you visit the library, you can expose your children to more books and magazines than you can afford to buy.

3. Your local children’s librarian can recommend books that you may not know of or think to suggest, broadening their tastes and expanding their minds and vocabularies.

4. Library time is active, not passive.

5. Having a library card teaches kids responsibility.

Check out the travel section!

Travelling to Iceland, Thailand, or Newfoundland? Whichever land you’re headed for, check out the Library’s vast travel section!

Friendshop Sales Top $19,000 in 2014

Did you know that the Friendshop (located inside the main entrance of the Central Library) brought in over $37,000 (combined) in 2013 and 2014?  This money, along with all of the proceeds from the annual book sales and memberships are used to support special projects and services of your public library.  See previous years sales figures and find out more about the Friendshop by clicking on their link in the main site menu.

New Website Coming Soon

It’s time for another refresh of the Friends website!  Our new site will launch at this address, very soon.  It will be easier to navigate, more feature-rich, and, important for a community organization like ours, less expensive to operate and easier to manage. We look forward to seeing you here, where you’ll always be able to find out about past and future book sales, sign up for advance notifications, and, we’re hoping that the option for online membership sign-ups and renewals won’t be too far away! This site continues to function in the meantime, and includes current information for upcoming book sales.  Why not pop over to our active community on Facebook, too?

Thanks for being a Friend!