Library roof replacement - Parking Lot Changes

The library roof is being replaced in August and continuing through at least September. Parking for library patrons has been reassigned to the yellow spots marked below. For public safety most of the back (north) parking lot is closed.

Scooter and bicycle parking along the back side of the library (north side) is NOT be available during construction.

See diagram below for information about the changed parking.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during the construction on our historic building.

Bowen Library Parking lot map







Summer Reading Club Winding down! SRC Logo

The summer reading club is winding down, and medals for those completed their 50 days of reading will be available at the final party Thursday August 21, at 1 pm. If you can't make the party or haven't quite finished your 50 days - don't worry. We will continue to present medals up until September 15. Just drop by the library when you've finished the 50 days of reading and we will present you with your medal and your achievement certificate.

For more information about the programs click here or email Nikky McCarvill, at

Sunday Openings begin September 7

Sunday hours return as of September 7th, 2014 and will continue until May 31st, 2015. We are closed on Sundays during June, July and August, as well as Sundays preceding a holiday Monday.

Bowen Reads Calendar - 2014 still available and 2015 in the works

A fellow reads to a flock of sheepFeaturing 13 photos of "famous" Bowen Islanders reading, the Bowen Reads Calendar is a fundraising project of the Bowen Island Library to support the building of the Annie Laurie Wood Annex beside the library. Named for one of our island pioneers (and the namesake of our very first library), the annex will provide much needed space for events, programs and study.

The calendar is a volunteer effort, created by Library Board members Len Gilday, Donaleen Saul, Tim Rhodes and Librarian Tina Nielsen, with the invaluable assistance of 41 Bowen Island models. Our 2015 calendar is now in the planning stages.

2014 calendars are still available at the Library, Bowen Building Centre, Phoenix, Cates Pharmacy, Ruddy Potato, and Bowen Roasting. All profits from the $20 cost of each calendar will bring us closer to building the Annie Laurie Wood Annex and making Bowen Library big enough for all of us.

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Tech Tutoring

Free Tech Tutoring is available 14 hours per week by appointment. Call or email Leo Pedersen for appointments:, or 604 947-9788. Click here for more information

Zinio - free magazines available online

Bowen Library subscribes to Zinio, an online and mobile magazine application. Zinio has spent the last decade creating digital editions of the magazines you love, delivering the exact same material you get in print‚ plus exclusive features like video and audio, on your iPad, iPhone, desktop and laptop.

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You can access these electronic magazines by clicking on the logo above and logging in using your library card. Or click below to learn how to set up an account.

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Oneclickdigital - free audiobooks online

In addition to the audiobooks available at Library to Go, the Bowen Library now subscribes to OneClickDigital's online collection. OneClickDigital is home to a wide array of audiobooks, without the five item check out limit of Library to Go. Click the Logo above to get started!

Library To Go: e-books and e-audiobooksA head in headphones - logo for Library To Go audiobooks download

Download and read or listen to best selling and classic e-books and e-audio books 24/7 on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device. Your library without walls is always open!
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