VIRL photo Vancouver Island public libraries now lending video games.

VIRL photo Vancouver Island public libraries now lending video games.

Video games have landed at VIRL

VIRL is lending games for the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One to anyone with a card.

  • Nov. 7, 2019 10:30 a.m.

Gamers on Vancouver Island, grab your consoles and get ready.

There’s a new way for you to access some of the hottest video games on the market thanks to Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) new video game collection.

Starting Nov.1, VIRL is lending games for the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One to anyone with a VIRL library card.

“We know that our customers are avid media consumers,” says Emily Mathews, VIRL’s divisional manager of collections and support services.

“Video games are wildly popular in our communities, particularly with Millennials and Generation Xers, and it is vital that we provide library content to complement their interests and passions. We are so excited to be offering this service.”

In addition to lending games to customers, VIRL will also explore opportunities to provide more game-based programming in our branches.

These types of programs help promote our branches as social hubs and community gathering spaces throughout our service areas.

VIRL’s Board of Trustees supports the adoption of video games into the collection.