Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • March 2020

Library News

Bowen Library is closing in response to Provincial Health recommendations for COVID-19

After consultation with Bowen Island Municipality, the Bowen Island Public Library is closing the library and cancelling all programs and events effective Monday, March 16, 2020. This move is in response to direction from the Chief Medical Health Officer of BC and the Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health. The closure will be in effect until further notice.

Bowen Library has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. This is a constantly evolving situation and we continue to work closely with Bowen Island Municipality and health officials to ensure Bowen Library’s practices and actions reflect new information as it is available.

The decision was not an easy one to make, but the health of our staff, volunteers, and patrons is our highest priority, and we are working to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.

During this temporary closure patrons can access Bowen Library’s many online resources from home, including eBooks and eAudio, online learning, digital magazines, and more. 

We will be working on ways that we can continue to serve you during this difficult time.

  • Anyone who has materials currently on loan can return them through the exterior book drop located on the north side of the library, from now until further notice.
  • Bowen Library staff are available to answer questions by email to
  • The Library will extend return due dates to March 31 for all physical items except Interlibrary Loans. Note: Items that are currently overdue have not been extended. Please contact staff if you require assistance with renewal.
  • Library fines and fees will be waived during this closure.
  • Room rentals are cancelled and any current bookings will be refunded.

Updates and any additional information will be posted on Bowen Library’s website as well as on our Facebook page. 

We recommend that you keep informed on the virus by consulting reliable sources such as:

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time as we all work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy.

  • Practice the recommended 14-day self-isolating if you are returning from international travel or have been in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you get sick and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue/sleeve and turn your head away from others when coughing and sneezing.
  • Dispose of tissues promptly in a waste container.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six feet away from other people.

For more information or if you have questions please contact us at or try calling us at 604-947-9788. Staff will be working rotating shifts and can answer the phone during those times.

Contact Us

(604) 947-9788