Library

Welcome to the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria Library

JCCV Library Covid-19 Safety Protocol:

Starting on Monday November 16th, library browsing and borrowing will recommence by appointment only. As well as the Librarian, one person/one household bubble of up to 3 at a time can occupy the small space. Masks & hand sanitizing prior to handling books are obligatory. Visits are limited to 20 minutes. To request an appointment, email the Librarian Juliet Simon at jhsimon@shaw.ca, or leave your name, email address and/or phone # with the JCCV office. If you’d like to borrow (a) specific book(s), please email title/author and the Librarian will search the shelves and contact you for follow-up. Any outstanding borrowed material can be returned to the JCCV front desk Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm OR at the time of the pre-arranged appointment to enter the library.

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Our Library is a great community resource. Open whenever the Centre is open, its collection contains books on a range of topics of Jewish interest. Thanks to the work of a knowledgeable and resourceful volunteer, we have added new volumes to several categories, e.g. fiction, mystery, cookbooks, holocaust, memoir and women’s interest. Canadian writers are well represented.

Instead of a current catalogue, books are shelved alphabetically by category, so your best plan is to come in and spend time browsing and choosing. Comfortable chairs and magnifying glasses are provided. Watch for changing displays on the library table.

Our borrowing protocol is easy: sign your name, phone number and the date on the card in the pocket, place the card in the box provided, enjoy the book and return it to the designated crate when finished. Borrowing books from the library is free for JCCV members. There is a suggested borrowing fee of $2 per book for non-members.

At this time, we are not adding anything more to our shelves.  However, we might possibly accept donations of suitable books in very good to excellent condition, preferably published in the last 10 years, if we do not already have them. If you think you might have books that fit these criteria (not Encyclopedias nor books in Hebrew or Yiddish), please contact the volunteer librarian Juliet Simon at jhsimon@shaw.ca with details or the JCCV at 250-477-7185.