Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Impacts

Please see for information on GVPL closure of all Branches, effective 6:00 p.m. tonight.

As you likely expected, the Friends of the GVPL will not be holding our spring booksale in April.  However, our *next* one should be spectacular!

Stay well, "flatten the curve", wash your hands, and watch out for myths.  See

Friday, March 13, 2020

Friendshop closed until further notice

Due to concern for our patrons and our volunteers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friendshop will be closed until further notice. We will post updates here and also on our Facebook and Twitter channels.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please see BC Centre for Disease Control and the Government of Canada for more information.

On behalf of the Friends of the Greater Victoria Public Library, we hope you remain healthy and well.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Psst! Booksale coming up!

Our next booksale is coming February 22 and 23 at Nellie McClung Branch, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. at Mackenzie. Bring your own bags or boxes.

Saturday Feb. 22,  2-7 pm. Earlybird admission $3, prices as marked
Sunday Feb. 23, 9am-1pm Free admission, prices as marked

                          1:15pm-3:15pm $10 admission, books free

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Friendshop is back! Time to restock your TBR shelf?

If you're anything like our Friendshop volunteers, you've likely made a significant dent in your TBR shelf (or shelves ...) during our snowstorm.  

We can help you out of these dire straits.

The Friendshop will be back to regular hours as of Friday, Jan. 17.  As a reminder, our regular hours are:
  • Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4  p.m.
  • Sat Noon to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Sun 1:30-4:00 p.m.
We're looking forward to seeing you again!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Friendshop “Snow Days”

The Friendshop will be closed while icy conditions continue. 

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we hope to see you VERY soon! 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Shopping with a purpose

If you're still looking for meaningful gifts this holiday season, check out the good-as-new books in the Friendshop at the Central Branch. Funds raised support special programs and resources in the library.

We will be open until Saturday Dec 21 for your browsing pleasure.
Hours this week: Sun 1:30-4pm, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat Noon-2:30pm   
The Friendshop will be closed from Dec 22 to Fri Jan 3.

cookbooks at Friendshop

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Just in time - stock up for Summer reading!

The proceeds from our book sales support library programs and services.  You can also visit our Friendshop at the Central Branch for great books and bargains all year round.  Hope to see you soon!

PS  We have an earlier start time on Saturday!

Booksale poster June 22 and 23, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friends' March 2019 Book Sale Summary

What do 82 dedicated, skilled volunteers, 234 plastic tote bins and 700 boxes of books have in common? All were vital factors in contributing to the Friends’ uber successful book sale, held March 23-24 at the Nellie McClung Library. Preliminary estimates in March were that $5,341 was raised in the most successful non-Pearkes sale in three years. For those who like statistics: that’s $624 an hour, or $10.40 a minute.
One young man, volunteering for the first time, said, “I’ve decided that you have to support the things you love; that’s why I’m here.” A retired primary school teacher, who comes to each sale to collect books for 1000x5 said, “Kids who haven’t been exposed to books before they get to school are under a big disadvantage and it takes a real effort from teachers and support workers to help them overcome it. This sale helps get those kids reading and saves problems down the road.”
Despite competing good weather, but perhaps because it was spring break, Victoria book lovers showed up in droves. At the end of the sale, books were taken away for other community groups: 1000x5 (who serve 2,500 preschoolers), Our Place, Wilkinson Road Correctional Centre, neighborhood “little libraries,” and a local West shore church, among others.

by Kathy Santini