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Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)

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Address: 340 West Georgia St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604 331 3600
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history...
A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history of the city.
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Serenity in Downtown

Amazing place to relax and rest, bottom of the Robson, just a block away from delicious food places. Looking to work in a serenity? Don't look further, this is it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing place to relax and rest, bottom of the Robson, just a block away from delicious food places. Looking to work in a serenity? Don't look further, this is it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We took a long walk to find this library and you can appreciate the architecture in a few minutes. Better yet, look at a picture. We don't think that it was worth the trip.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

What a breathtaking design. Not only innovative in architecture but also how it brings people together in what would be referred to as a 'learning commons' model as opposed to the old school library. With little food and coffee kiosks I noticed lots of interaction and it seemed to really encourage a sense of community. Every community should have such... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The building architecture gives you pleasant feeling when you go visit, calm and bright for any time to sit down and read.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We didn't look this time but on our first trip to Vancouver in 2012 we stayed just around the corner so we went and had a look at the Library on a stroll around the place site seeing. My wife works in a middle school library and this caught her eye while we were looking around. Such a big place... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The library is fantastic. There is a large mix of people and the staff are really helpful. I had a question about searching for e-books on my iphone and they found a librarian using one to help me. They also have tools such as free geneology sites and an audio lab.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I've visited lots of public libraries in BC and this is the biggest. Lots of study areas and tons of material in all formate from manga to music.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Stop here to do a little local research into the history of this city and the surrounding area. Comfortable and easy to walk to from anywhere in town.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A MUST visit spot if you are visiting Vancouver, coming here and not visiting this one, is like going to Mexico and not eating tacos!! Or maybe going to Mexico city and not visiting the Anthropology Museum, well you get the idea ;) However be aware of your belongings, many pickpockets in there, ALWAYS ALWAYS stick to your stuff even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I love libraries and this is a pretty good one. Books, adjacent shops and restaurants...with the internet these days the actual 'research' component of libraries has diminished in importance but this is still a serious contender. If you can find parking, enjoy this along with some of the other attractions nearby. Cool architecture as well.

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Additional Information about Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)

Address: 340 West Georgia St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604 331 3600
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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

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