Book Donations for booksale suspended until further notice.

The Friends of the Library are seeking a new location for their book sorting and storage in advance on next May's booksale. Their current location has been deteriorating physically and has become unsafe for the volunteers to work there. Unfortunately that means they have nowhere to sort and store additional book donations. The Friends require approximately 400 or 500 square feet of dry, single storey, level space with electricity to provide some heat. If you have any leads on a location for the Friends until May 2015 please let us know at 604-947-9788.


Mayoral Candidates Q & A Session - see the video

Mayoral candidates at meeting convened by Bowen Library

On Monday November 3rd at Cates Hill Chapel, Bowen Island Mayoral candidates responded to questions drawn from submitted public questions. This event focused on the role of the Mayor, and asked the candidates to talk about their leadership and managerial experience, style and vision. This event was hosted by Bowen Island Library, and was filmed by Andrew Stone. You can watch the video here.

Please note that due to a data error in the last segment of the video, the final question ("How will you engage the missing part of our electorate - the teens and twenty somethings on our Island?") and closing remarks from each candidate were lost. Our apologies to the candidates for this unintended omission. The videographer was unable to restore 3.7GB of data from the final segment.

The full list of questions we received before this event is available in pdf here.

Volunteers Wanted!

Our annual call for volunteers is now open. Join the vibrant, friendly library team. Meet people get first dibs on new books and provide a hugely appreciated community service. Click here for more information.

Knick Knack Nook Auction - Thank you!!! More than $11,000 raised

The Knick Knack Nook's second bi-annual auction took place on Saturday October 18th with more than 175 people in attendance, bidding on over 300 items. Along with 3 silent auctions, Graham Ritchie masterfully provided live auctioneering for a dozen or so special items. All in all the event has raised more than $11,000 for the Library's Annie Laurie Wood Annex project.

Many thanks to the amazing Knick Knack Nook team who saved, stored, transported, priced, and displayed the wonderful auction items, and who managed the herculean task of putting this event together.

Not only does the Knick Knack Nook raise funds for the community in their daily work, but they also grant larger sums of money to community groups on a monthly and annual basis. The Knick Knack Nook must be one of the most successful community endeavours of the last 10 years, and the library is extremely grateful for the support of this worthy community organization. Thank you!


Image of a handheld Kodo book reader

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.

Zinio Logo

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.

Find out more >

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!
Try Library To Go >