Greater Victoria Public Library

Greater Victoria Public Library

Greater Victoria Public Library
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RobertMJThompson
Victoria, Canada756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The GVPL has responded well to the realities of COVID19. I enjoy being able to have material placed on hold so my in/out is swift and efficient. The many branches fanning out throughout our wider community offer unique and friendly experiences. Hopefully soon we can return to on-site computer availability and broader browsing options.
Written November 9, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
While it may not be as flashy as the Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch) or the Halifax Central Library, the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) still has everything a bibliophile could want. Between the central branch and its various outposts, the GVPL has a fine and fair collection of books, e-books, CDs, videos, video games, periodicals, maps and resources full of local, regional and national history. One neat feature of the GVPL is the ability to obtain “fast views” or “fast reads” – new book or movie releases that you can take out for a day or two and enjoy before returning them.

I recently had an opportunity to attend the GVPL’s central branch, which is located in the heart of downtown Victoria on bustling Broughton Street, home to many nice snack treats. From an architectural standpoint, the central branch is rather plain Jane, but that’s okay because the focus is on the library’s holdings. The GVPL – central branch – is a multi-level emporium of books and other resources. Whether you’re looking for a good read, reference material, music, or just a quiet place to study, it can be done here. The layout is practical and functional: Lots of open space and ample seating.

Because it lacks the flair of more contemporary libraries, I’m not sure why one would visit the GVPL as an “attraction” per se; however, if you’re a local and/or a member (maybe even a “friend of the library”), it’s a nice place to come, relax and contemplate the good. After all, libraries are spaces in which we can discover new ideas; expand our minds and creative side; and build a sense of community and togetherness. The GVPL succeeds in that respect.

A word of caution: If the material you are borrowing is “restricted,” just be aware that you’ll have to visit the circulation desk to collect it ;)

Oh! And if one of the GVPL’s branches doesn’t have what you’re looking for, don’t worry! The book truck will get it to you in short order!
Written February 13, 2020
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Robert C
Victoria, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
What a friendly and helpful staff.
I could not get my IPad app Cloudlibrary to work but the librarian was able to update my card and get me going.
Written September 19, 2019
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noraJL
Victoria275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place is fantastic for any essay information needed.So much available to help out any topic.I was pleased with the space and all the available refferrences and documentation
Written January 3, 2018
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sashakeena
Vancouver, Canada11,513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is a great library which is nicley located in the downtown area, easy to find, limited paid vehicle parking. Take sometime to enjoy this facility!
Written February 18, 2017
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TravelOften1968
Johannesburg, South Africa584 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
A great local library with a wide selection of books and amenities to keep you occupied on a rainy day Very good value (free !)
Written January 25, 2017
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Raymond L
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The main branch/office of the GVPL has the largest collection of newspapers, videos, books, magazines, charts, maps, document copies, children play area for anyone who wants to borrow items or just stay in to use them on the premises. Other people from outside the Metro Victoria area could get a guest account to access the resources. The other outer suburban branches offer the same services, but they are smaller, more clean, and in more desirable locations. The main downtown branch has more of the societally problematic people loitering around and causing the related problems in the facility. I'm sure you can imagine what they are and I don't need to list them in detail. Tripadvisor informed me that I was too graphic in my description and wanted me to do a re-write. If you are visiting in the downtown Victoria area, this could be a cheap form of entertainment however you like. I found the staff to be relatively friendly and professional in their customer service. You can ask the library staff or one of the security guards questions if you need assistance.
Written December 30, 2016
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