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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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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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Varieties of activities and full of energy

Good place to check out books, databases, and journals. Activities are many and frequent so that you can go there anytime with things to see and join.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Delta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Good place to check out books, databases, and journals. Activities are many and frequent so that you can go there anytime with things to see and join.

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I love to visit libraries and this one is older but worth a visit. The architecture is lovely. Lots of old photos to look at on the top floor. Can easily find a quiet place to read, study or work.

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Black Creek, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I love the constant running book sale in the library gift shop, I have been able to purchase some very good gems there for $5 and under. The shop also has a wonderful selection of greeting cards.

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a really impressive library in both design and selection of books. I found some great language books on Scottish Gaelic! The checking in and out system for books is state of the Art and the bookshop is nice too.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Many things can be said about this library because it is what many libraries are: convenient, full of written resources and architecturally worthy of your time. On my last visit, I found that to get wi-fi and use the internet, they issue you an internet card with a user name and password. You furnish the pin then you are set... More 

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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a great library. The building is interesting and the collection extensive. Unfortunately, without a library card there isn't much to do here unless you want to spend a rainy day of your vacation reading indoors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I go to this place every time I am in Vancouver. Not just for how it looks, which rates post cards, but also for the collections, reading rooms, and technology on access. It even has a gift shop.

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This library was years in the making. It is a huge resource centre not just for good reads and research but also people watching. The spectrum of Vancouver visits this place. If you're a TV buff, then you might recognize the curved facade (and surroundings) from Fringe, Continuum and Almost Human. Parking is a bit irritating downtown so take transit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The main branch of the Vancouver Public Library became a family favorite when we moved west decades ago. We could hardly believe that we could cart home such a wide variety of books and music for free. More recently, computer access systems have opened up easy online catalogs and e-book loan facilities. The iconic Colisseum-styled building houses all kinds of... More 

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canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Library Square is a nice place to spend sometime. You can admire the architecture of the building, have a coffee or snack. there are lots of restaurants in the area, including Blenz, MacDonald's, Starbucks, Whitespot, plus many more. It is located close to the BC place stadium and rogers arena. It is also walking distance to Robson street shopping and... More 

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