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Your place to connect, discover and imagine.


MESSAGE FROM THE CEO & BOARD CHAIR The final year of our Strategic Plan to Inspire, Create, Engage and Lead came to a close in 2015. Over the last five years, during the course of the plan, we made significant enhancements to library service in Greater Victoria. These innovations included the introduction of exciting new digital collections, enhanced services for priority groups and expanded community partnerships. We have moved the library forward while staying true to our roots as an inclusive and welcoming place where people feel a sense of belonging and a connection to their community. People are what make our library great: patrons who regularly visit their local branches, volunteers who deliver books to the homebound and donors who generously support our work. At the heart of the library are the dedicated staff and Board members who are committed to making GVPL your place to connect, discover and imagine.

Maureen Sawa Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Murdoch Board Chair

LEAD GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa received the prestigious United Way of Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration and Partnership from Leadership Victoria in 2015. Maureen was recognized for her collaborative approach to library service and GVPL’s commitment to building community. Library staff and volunteers work in partnership with more than 100 groups and organizations in the region.

NURTURE GVPL established the Emerging Local Authors Collection in 2015 to highlight self-published, independent and small press books by local authors. Each spring, GVPL will launch a new collection of authors with print books showcased in the rotunda at Central Branch and ebooks online at emerginglocalauthors

READ GVPL added another offering to its growing digital collection with Zinio for Libraries, featuring hundreds of popular magazines that span fashion, business, health, technology and more. GVPL cardholders can sign into the digital collection and instantly read an issue on their mobile device or their home computer. There are no holds required, no limit to the number of magazines you can check out, and no need to return them.

ENABLE No e-reader? No problem. The library now lends Nexus 7 Tablets so you can explore the library’s extensive digital collections including ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, television shows, music and magazines.



GVPL introduced a new program guide to make it easier for you to discover the programs and services available at the library. From genealogy workshops, to musical storytimes, to help with your iPad ‌ there is something for everyone at the library! Program guides are available at all branches or online at Adults Teens

Library lovers curled up with a good book and donated the money they would have spent on a night out to support the library. The Stay at Home and Read a Book campaign attracted many new donors and raised awareness about the important role private donations play in helping the library enhance its collection and pilot innovative programs and services.


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Programs & Outreach Activities

Programs & Outreach Activities

Programs & Outreach Activities

Children learn essential skills from play, and toys are an important way to facilitate play. GVPL developed the Skill Builders Adaptive Toys collection to provide families with young children who have cognitive, physical, sensory or communicative challenges with the opportunity to borrow adaptive toys. The kits also include information and resources for parents and caregivers. This special collection was made possible with funding from the Victoria Foundation.

SERVE In 2011, GVPL worked with Literacy Victoria to set up a simple lending library of donated and discarded books at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. The lending service was extremely popular. In 2015, GVPL established the first formalized library service at the correctional centre in more than 100 years. Inmates may now borrow books from the GVPL collection using a shared corporate account.

EXPLORE DigiLab is the brainchild of a group of teens who wanted a place where they could design and lead activities for other youth. DigiLab allows youth to express their creativity, try new technologies, build leadership skills and meet new people. GVPL staff work with the teens to choose art supplies and equipment for the mobile kit, which moves to different locations. DigiLab was made possible with a grant from the United Way of Greater Victoria.

REFRESH The most valuable item in your wallet — your library card — got a makeover with the introduction of three new fun and attractive designs to better represent the vitality and community-focus of the library. The cards come with corresponding miniature keychain cards for added convenience.

Overall Circulation

5,977,540 eMaterials Circulation


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THANK YOU GVPL would like to acknowledge individuals and organizations who gave generously to the library. Donor support allowed us to improve our print collections and pilot exciting new programs and services this year. Thank you for your generousity and vision. David Alexander

Kennedy Cullen

Pauline Johnson

Ali Muller

Jill Sewell

Theresa Aspol

CUPE 410

Susie Jones

Kevin Murdoch

Ruth Sherwood

Douglas Atkinson

Donna Curtis

Lynne Jordon

Kelly Nguyen

Bruce Sieffert

Ruth Bahri

Maxine Dell

Lisa Kadonaga

Cheryl Osborn

Elisabeth Silvester

Annette Barclay

Richard and Anita Dougherty

Kenneth Kelly

Susan Parsons

Jane Small

Tracy Kendrick

Vruti Patel

Anne Kirkaldy

Claire Paterson Monty Peters

Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association

Renee Bauert

Irene Feir

Mavis Beechey

Fatima Ferreira

Sylvia Bell

Michelle Gagnier

Gerald and June Klassen

Michael and Sirpa Bell

Jennifer Gait

Veronica Knox

Angela Gibson

Janine Konkel

Jackie Bennett

Arthur Goldman

Barbara Latham

Josie Bernhard

H. G. Goudy

Library Bound

Maggie Bolitho

Lyle Grant

Mary Lindsay

Eric Bramble

Mandy Greyling

Eduardo Loos

Andrea Brimmell

Alexandra Gros

Roger Love

Phillippa Brown

Julian Gunn

Kem Luther

Greg Bunyan

Paramjit Haere

Roberta Burris

Mary Hall

Elizabeth MacPherson

Oona Hayes

Pamela Madoff

Patricia Robertson and the Blue Heron Singers

Byron Henriques

Carol Marica

Karel Roessingh

Judith Hobbs

James McDaniel and Susan Dier

Ion Rosu

United Way of Greater Victoria

Robert McInnes

Robin Sacker-van Gessel

Neil Vallance

Amanda Butler Martha Carlsen Maureen Cassels Carl Cavanagh

Patricia Pinder


Alyssa Polinsky

Adina Spivak

Susan Pope

Colleen Stewart

Lani Portlock

Denise Stocco

Audrey Prendergast

Kris and Pushpa Tangri

Janet Price Elizabeth Rayner Harald Rieck Jennifer Rischmiller

Devon Tatton Kachina Teixeira Tara ToddMacdonald United Way Toronto York Region

Edythe Charles

Annemieke Holthuis

Diane Cliffe

Robert Hope

Karen McIvor

Edmund Salt

Caroline Vanslyke

Communications and Public Relations Foundation

Cory Horner

Kerri McLeod

Terry Sandwith

Victoria Foundation

Patrick Hunt

Maryan Meadows

Kathy Santini

Andy Vuong

Brad Jarvis

Murcia Mears

Julia Saul

Jessica Walker

Annie Jensen

Rance Yan Ki Mok

Maureen Sawa

David Wild

Valerie Johnson

Nancy Moses

Doris Schuh

Sharon Young

Courthouse Libraries BC Bruce Cousins

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Rosemary Barlow

GVPL Annual Report 2015  

GVPL looks back on its accomplishments of 2015.

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