The main reason for tourists to visit this must-see Vancouver landmark is to take in its remarkable architectural design. The design by Moshe Safdie was the people's favourite from a design competition and it is truly inspirational, both inside and out. Construction was completed in 1995.
The exterior design of this nine story library complex resembles the present state of the Roman Colosseum.
The library complex occupies a full city block and is surrounded with an elliptical, colonnaded wall that contains reading and study areas linked by bridges to the main portion.
Levels 8 and 9 will be of particular interest to visitors. On level 9 you can relax in the new roof-top garden and take in the view of the surrounding city. This new garden was opened in September 2018, 23 years after the Library first opened in this location. Two more outdoor terraces are located on level 8.
Level 8 also includes an exhibition space, a small theatre, a quiet reading room and a lounge area where you can bring your own food or purchase snacks from one of the vending machines.
For complete details about the Vancouver Public Library see the official site link below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Vancouver Public LibraryFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Phone: +1 604-331-3603
Sonali G. Jan-10-2021
This VPL location is my favorite in the city! The library is always clean and the security staff are so kind and friendly. I enjoyed studying here pre-COVID... Read More
Justine S. Sep-26-2020
Due to covid, the rooftop garden is closed. Only the downstairs kid area, the main lobby, and the 2nd floor are open. The second floor is only for people... Read More
Mari E. Feb-29-2020
Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver hosted free movie show here, a theater room at 8th floor. When I got off elavator at 8th, I was shocked because it... Read More
Accommodations near Vancouver Public Library:
|SkyTrain Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line||Stadium-Chinatown Station||7 Minutes|
|Canada Line||Vancouver City Centre Station||7 Minutes|
How to get to Vancouver Public Library by SkyTrain
No bus needed - just a 7 minute walk from either SkyTrain Station. From Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station on the Expo Line exit onto Beatty and Dunsmuir Street and walk to your right (west) along Dunsmuir for 2 blocks to Hamilton Street. Go left on Hamilton for one block and you will be at the east corner of Library Square.
From Vancouver City Centre Station on the Canada Line exit onto Georgia Street and walk to your right (southeast) along Georgia for 3 blocks to Homer Street and you will be at the north corner of Library Square.
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