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General News · 18th May 2012
Joy Adams Bauer
Representatives from Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) spent three hours at Manson’s Hall on May 10th speaking with residents of Cortes Island about library services on the island.

Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno began the meeting by expressing her lifelong passion for libraries and thanked Cortes Islanders for their passion. She reassured the over 70 people present that Vancouver Island Regional Library is committed to continuing library services on Cortes Island.

Bonanno gave a brief history of VIRL services on Cortes Island. She then explained the 2009 VIRL Facility Master Plan which gives the VIRL Board and staff an overview of the physical state of the 38 libraries run by VIRL. The Plan, together with a request from the Strathcona Regional District, placed the libraries on Cortes Island and Quadra Island at the top of the priority list of branches requiring upgrading.

Bonanno explained that for the past 18 months, VIRL has been in negotiation with the Southern Cortes Community Association in order to try and find a new location for the library on Cortes Island. She then detailed the unfortunate series of coincidences that led to the sudden closure of the Cortes Island library on Friday, April 27, 2012. She reiterated that Vancouver Island Regional Library is committed to providing an environment for library services that is appealing, comfortable, inviting and above all, safe.

Vancouver Island Regional Library hired an engineer who inspected the area of Manson’s Hall specifically used as a library on Sunday, May 6th. VIRL is awaiting the report which will be presented to the VIRL Board for their review and action at their next meeting on June 9th.

In the meantime, the search for, and work towards, a temporary location for library services on Cortes Island continues.

Joy Adams Bauer
Communications Officer
Vancouver Island Regional Library