Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch), Vancouver

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Take a moment to enter the unusual structure of Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch), and be confronted with a huge collection of books to peruse and study. Built in a coiled shape somewhat reminiscent of the colosseum in Rome, and with a large amount of natural light, the library serves as an open and peaceful place to relax and read, or just take in the interesting architectural style. To visit Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch) on your trip to Vancouver, use our Vancouver travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • I've been here numerous times but recently had a chance to take a class of students for a workshop...the workshop itself (how to use the library catalogue and databases, and general internet safety) w...  more »
  • The library spans several floors and offers a huge selection of English books and magazines. The whole library is very quiet and it has supervisory staff which supervises this or help one. Anyone not in the library, you can admire the building courtyard.
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  • A great public library facility with a bar and bistro attached. Great downtown location to find some quiet time.  more »
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  • Great place for children and babies, lots of picture books, multilingual book selection, toys, board games, children activities. Washrooms in good condition. Usually you can find a bit of quiet space for breastfeeding too, although it would be nice if they thought about organizing special space for it. The only problem is there are mice in the lower level that they can't get rid of because of babies and toddlers having not-only-snacks everywhere round...
  • Forget Starbucks. Good WiFi with 6 massive floors of quiet, semi-private study desks, most with outlet power available. Much more ergonomic, much more conducive to getting work done, and free! Not a lot of bathrooms though, so if you can't get your business done with a urinal you might have to wait in line.
  • Huge community resource. Staff very accomodating for out of town students. Unrelated to their service/location, I noticed some flickering and my desk shook and realized it was a tremor. Not sure I would have felt safe in a quake next to stacks of books lol.
  • Beautiful building reminding a Roman Coliseum. The library is very well organized with an awesome collection and very friendly service. If you live here you may become a member (free) and doing so you will be able to place hold for future readings online.
  • Big, great place for students, moms and good customer services. Who's crazy enough to build this?