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The Sidney/North Saanich Library is located at:

10091 Resthaven Drive
Sidney, BC  V8L 3G3
Ph: 250-656-0944
Fax: 250-656-6400

Hours of Operation are:

Monday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday      
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Local library service is operated by the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) system, which serves the whole of Vancouver Island above the Malahat, as well as Sidney, North Saanich and Sooke on the lower Island.   For more information about VIRL, please refer to their website here.  

The local library branch is co-owned by the District of North Saanich, and leased to VIRL for staffing and operation.  The Town of Sidney collects funds annually, on the property tax bill, on behalf of VIRL, and remits the funds to VIRL for Sidney’s share of operating the library service.  In 2015, the average residence, valued at about $426,000, paid a library levy of $85.

Sidney, like all VIRL members, pays for a share of overall VIRL operating costs according to a formula based on population and the assessed value of property within each jurisdiction.    Operating costs shared by VIRL members include the cost of each library branch.  Some branches were built and are owned by VIRL; other branches, like Sidney’s, are owner by the local jurisdiction and leased to VIRL.  VIRL’s current preference is to own its own facilities, on behalf of the communities it serves.