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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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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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38 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Vancouver, Canada
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

this place has amazing architecture and a cool vibe. the courtyard in front is always full of people hanging out or eating lunch. The actual library is big and a cool place to walk around

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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It was closed when I went to visit at 10 AM on Sunday morning, but the entry architecture/views was nice to see on the rainy day I was there.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I like libraries, and I can't fault the building, its amazing. But as an art student, I couldn't be more disappointed as to what they had to offer. And no free Wifi means as a visitor I can't get my work done.

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Bend, Oregon
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94 reviews 94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I haven't used this library as a patron, but I love to visit it when I'm in Vancouver---each time, I'm impressed by the open, public space. Such a beautiful library.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

the library is a wonderful looking building and if like me you like a good film should be instantly familiar from the many films and tv shows that have been filmed here or use here as scenery, such as sixth day and almost human. other than that I personally didn't have interest in much else and only passed through to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Everything that you think... this library will find something about what you are looking for ... There are a lot of books... If I was you, and traveling in Vancouver ... I would go again there

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San Antonio, Texas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The building itself resembles the roman coliseum. It is a very gran structure and easy to navigate. We stolled all through the building. Well lit, and easy access to different floors.

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