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
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
Krystal H. Apr-11-2020
My YPP friend Brandon and I come here often to study, this is an amazing building with wonderful staff, when I take study breaks I like to spend 10 minutes... Read More
Tim H. Apr-16-2020
I just can't stand that there are so many "positive" reviews when almost all of them are bullshit, apparently rating this library based on its architecture.... Read More
Avni V. Apr-06-2020
I wish I lived in Vancouver just so I can go to the library every weekend. I went there on a Sunday morning and finding parking was little difficult.... 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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