History of the Pender Island Library
The Pender Island Public Library first came into being in November 1973, under the guidance of Marjorie Bailey and with the help of an enthusiastic group of colleagues. At this time the library was located in the back room of the Pender Island Community Church and fondly called “The Pender Lender”. In 1976, the library moved to a building on the grounds of the Auchterlonie Centre, next to the Nu-To-Yu community thrift store. This small ‘old library’ building now houses the local Youth Centre.
In around 1989 a group of far-sighted individuals, led by June Hall as Chairperson, laid the groundwork for what in 1991 became the new Pender Island Public Library building. This building was designed by local architect John Roberts. The building is one of which the residents of Pender Island are, justifiably, very proud. After 20 yrs of serving the community, and with much fundraising from generous local donors, the Library underwent extensive renovations in 2012. The newly renovated space now has a large dedicated youth section, a new front desk, and a welcoming and bright interior. The library services have grown over the years, to include programs for adults and youth and digital services, and aspires to continue to meet the needs of the local community.