About the library

Esquimalt High School’s Library program helps students and staff to develop a love of reading and the information and thinking skills we all need to succeed in school and as lifelong learners.

We welcome your suggestions for new books, new series or something else you would like to see in the library.

Or drop by the library, phone 250-382-9226 extension 240 or send us an email.

The library program’s goals are to:

  • Promote literacy through recreational reading;
  • Support resource-based teaching and learning;
  • Encourage critical thinking;
  • Develop information literacy skills;
  • Facilitate the sophisticated use of information and communication technology throughout the school.

The library staff supports these goals by:

  • Collaborating on the design and teaching of research lessons and units;
  • Helping students find appealing reading materials and useful information during and outside of class time;
  • Managing the library’s collection of over 16,000 items, including books, newspapers, magazines, videos, government documents, digital recordings, as well as items in a variety of other media;
  • Coordinating access to information through online services available anywhere, anytime.

Hours and library use during classes

The library is open before classes, during breaks and lunch as well as after school, Monday through Friday.  During classes students may use the library on their own when provided with a library pass by a teacher.

Students in grades 11 & 12 may arrange to have an “Excused Study Block” by talking to a school counsellor, and submitting a Study Hall Application to Room 315.  Students who choose to work in the library during their Excused Study Blocks must sign in at the Circulation Desk when they arrive.  As well as getting access to the library students who have completed Study Hall Applications and provided these to Room 315 may also choose to leave the school property during their Excused Study Block.


Fiction and Non-Fiction: 10 school days
Reference, Magazines: By 8:20 am next day
DVDs, Videos, Reserves: Use in library
AV Equipment, etc: Ask staff

As well as library items, all school textbooks are circulated through the library.  All students are issued a special student card marked with a barcode to enable them to borrow items from the library.

Renew items before they are due if you need them longer than the initial loan period.

Due dates are stamped on all items when loaned.
Lists of overdue items are sent by email to students and parents/guardians each week.
If you do not return or renew items before they are due you will not be allowed to borrow anything from the library until the overdue items are returned or renewed.

Facilities, technology and services

The library seats over one hundred users in three separate work areas:

  1. the Fiction area at the front of the library includes approximately one hundred Book Club novel sets and more than 3,500 novels
  2. the computer area with 30 computers and space for students and staff to use their own portable devices, and
  3. a separate teaching space at the back of the library near the Non-Fiction collection.

Download a larger version of the library map here.

An audio-visual room is available for students to make videos and sound recordings or watch videos and listen to sound recordings for class assignments.  A teacher planning room is available for teachers who need to meet, prepare lessons, mark assignments and collaborate on the design of units.

Staff and students are able to borrow laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, HD video camera, document camera, video/data projector, OCR scanner, portable public address system and other audio-visual equipment.  These can be used in classrooms as well as the library.

School Library Learning Commons

Along with many school libraries across Canada and around the world Esquimalt High School’s library has begun the process of transforming into a school library learning commons.  Find out more!  Details, standards and exemplars are available in Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada and L’apprentissage en tête: Principes relatifs à la transition de la bibliothèque scolaire vers le carrefour d’apprentissage au Canada

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in CanadaL’apprentissage en tête: Principes relatifs à la transition de la bibliothèque scolaire vers le carrefour d’apprentissage au Canada