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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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Big library

We always try to visit libraries wherever we go :). We use this place as our focal point as we planned our trips around the downtown area. This is a big library right next to some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Redmond, Washington
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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We always try to visit libraries wherever we go :). We use this place as our focal point as we planned our trips around the downtown area. This is a big library right next to some government buildings. Our daughter also enjoyed an hour of kids activity there.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

One of the best libraries in North America, recently updated with cafe, Interactive equipment, etc. Viewed as model by other cities.

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Bc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Free inter net for visiting tourists 2 hours Mostly a hang out for vagrants who sleep on desks and useless people passing time contemplating on there next puff of weed Desks with computers too close Very impersonal Smelly people And security guards doing nothing except talking together Your better to choose wi fi elsewhere

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

VPL is in a beautiful building, which quite took my breath away the first time I saw it. And it has a smorgasbord of books on every subject area you could possibly want, great online facilities, magazines, DVD's and music, and really helpful staff if you require any help. Using VPL when I was jobhunting in Vancouver was really useful.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

The vancouver library is a cool site to see if you are in the area. Its been the backdrop for alot of movies And is free to see.. Also there is free computer use which is great is you are visiting and need free internet Like anywhere in vancouver thats busy downtown..it has its share of characters hanging around..just be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Both the on-site library and the on-line library enrich Vancouverites' life, worth a visit. The Roman Colosseum style building has several stories comprised of books in multiple languages, DVDs, music scores, journals, computers and a lot of sitting space and community rooms.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Even if you don't go through the exhibit halls, the gift shop has some unique and funky goodies. Check their large selection of art themed greeting cards.

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Chester, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Incredible building packed with everything you need in a library and more - inside are cafes and shops and guest speakers launching books. A perfect place to spend an afternoon.

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Worth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Caters for all nationalities - has so much to offer - ideal place to visit on a wet day - so light and airy wth the very high glass ceiling roof linking to outside eating area and bookshop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Whoever made a design for this building was/is a genius! I wish I was a young student again. I would spend countless hours there!

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