Victoria Genealogical Society

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209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue
(Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre)
Victoria, BC, Canada
Phone: 250-360-2808

We're open 6 afternoons a week and more!
Parking is free. Visitors are welcome too.
Wifi internet access is free - bring your laptop.
Cameras and flash photography allowed.
Coffee pot is on - please join us!


Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Victoria BCCome visit us at our NEW location, now opening 10 October 2017.  We've got a NEW look and a NEW name for our new office space, and are proud to remain the Victoria Genealogical Society. "The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre" (previously called the "Resource Centre") continues to be staffed by helpful and welcoming volunteers. 

As our new name implies, our focus is to help you LEARN about your family history, and how to RESEARCH effectively to get the most enjoyment and rewards from your genealogy activities.  To that end, we provide helpful Saturday morning workshops and monthly Special interest group (SIG) gatherings, as well as monthly "Speaker Series" meetings (at St Aidans church) and annual Genealogy Seminars

Inside The Genealogy Learning and Research Center, Victoria BC CanadaOur Learning Centre is stocked with a unique collection of paper-based resources. We also provide access there to digital resources such as and  We provide 2 desktop computers for use by our patrons, and provide wifi access for those able to bring their own laptop or mobile device.  The Learning Centre is also a great place to meet and connect with other genealogy enthusiasts and make new friends over a cup of coffee or tea.

VGS members have free access to The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre. Visitors are always welcome. If you are a visitor or new member, information about the Society and a brief tour of the Library will be provided. Visitors wishing to research in our Library, will be charged $5 per 4-hour session.

The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre has been designated a scent-free area for the comfort and health of all our patrons.  Your cooperation in respecting this regulation is appreciated.


Hours of Operation

The Victoria Genealogical Society's Genealogy Learning and Research Centre is open year round - see table below.

Our regular opening hours (Sept - June) are:
Monday to Friday  ~ 12 noon to 3:00 pm,
Saturday ~ 12 noon to 4:00 pm,
Thursday evening (3rd Thursday ONLY) ~ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Different summer hours may apply for July & August.

Please phone our Learning Centre for holiday hours: 250-360-2808

Day Regular Hours (Sept - June)
Mon noon - 3:00 pm
Tues noon - 3:00 pm
Wed noon - 3:00 pm
Thurs noon - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (3rd Thursday ONLY)
Fri noon - 3:00 pm
Sat noon - 4:00 pm
Sun (closed)
Holidays (closed)



Pennbridge Building front view, Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Victoria BC Canada - home of Victoria Genealogical Society

Our VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre is located off Viewmont Avenue at the back of the Royal Oak Shopping Centre.  We're near Country Grocer, on the second floor of the Pennbridge Building. The directory in the lobby also contains a floor plan of the building, where you can locate our office #209. 

If you take the elevator from the lobby to the second floor: turn left, then left again, and you'll find us at the end of the hall.

If you choose to take the stairs to the second floor: take the right-hand hallway to the end.


The Victoria Genealogical Society's Genealogy Learning and Research Centre is located in the
Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Pennbridge Building, second floor:
209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada.


Resource Collection


SEARCH our VGS Library Collection Catalogue


IMPORTANT: We are currently in the process of updating the index to our revised resource collection.
As some titles did not make the move with us to our new location, please check with us
to confirm that the titles you are looking for in this online catalogue are still available.

For additional online indexes, please visit our resources page.

For additional sources of genealogical information relating to
the Greater Victoria area, British Columbia (BC), Canada and the world,
be sure to check out our resources page and our links page.

The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre is also used for Workshops
and for Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.