Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)

Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)

Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history of the city.
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Neighborhood: Robson Street
Robson Street is a shopper's paradise. Whether a window shopper or a serious trendsetter, a fashionista or a dabbler, the crowd of independent boutiques, quirky one-off shops, and well-known luxury brands on Robson Street have something to cater for every itch in your wallet. As a result, it draws a diverse crowd, and the people-watching along this famous walking thoroughfare is a primary attraction. In between the clothing shops both high-street and budget-friendly are a number of cafes to lay down your load, as well as numerous specialty stores ranging in their wares from music, to art, to city souvenirs. Known as "Vancouver's Runway," if a new trend is on the rise, you'd spot it here first.
How to get there
  • Vancouver City Centre • 5 min walk
  • Granville • 6 min walk
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  • deepakgupta5
    Vancouver, Canada601 contributions
    Beautiful library located in downtown Vancouver
    This is a beautiful library located in downtown Vancouver, minutes away from the hustle ad bustle of Robson Street. It has a very nice architecture, lots of space, and lots of books. A lovely place to relax and spend time with the books. There is a nice roof top restaurant also for some great views of the city
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Jennifer L
    Tamworth, Australia26 contributions
    A quiet haven in the middle of the city.
    Our B&B hosts recommended a visit to the library and it did not disappoint. A beautiful building inside and out with wonderful shops and places to eat on the bottom floor. The library was amazing with quiet areas for people to utilise their free wifi and one floor dedicated to computer access. The roof top garden offers more quiet seating areas with great views of the city. The clean washrooms and chilled water stations were an added bonus.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • I9917TWbarbaram
    26 contributions
    Colosseum in modern day
    The exterior of the building and the roof are amazing. However, the interior is very mundane. The city where I live and another city near us have updated their central libraries in the last few years. They created unique/dramatic exteriors and the insides, while still very functional, are gorgeous. In other words, the inside and outside match each other. I can't say the same for the Vancouver Central Library.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
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I9917TWbarbaram
26 contributions
Aug 2023
The exterior of the building and the roof are amazing. However, the interior is very mundane. The city where I live and another city near us have updated their central libraries in the last few years. They created unique/dramatic exteriors and the insides, while still very functional, are gorgeous. In other words, the inside and outside match each other. I can't say the same for the Vancouver Central Library.
Written August 20, 2023
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BSBrenda
Guanajuato, Mexico207 contributions
Jan 2021
What a beautiful building, enormous, full of books and people from different cultures. If I live in Vancouver, I would be in there all time. (jan 2020)

Qué hermoso edificio, enorme, lleno de libros y personas de diferentes culturas. Si viviera en Vancouver, estaría ahí todo el tiempo. (enero 2020)
Written July 8, 2021
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c_kamaee
Manchester, UK13 contributions
May 2022
Visited on a Sunday, yet it was open for patrons. Large and airy with lots of seating areas where you could browse the books and magazines. I was particularly impressed by the "Help Wall" with its messages of support for the community.
Written May 27, 2022
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deepakgupta5
Vancouver, Canada601 contributions
Mar 2023
This is a beautiful library located in downtown Vancouver, minutes away from the hustle ad bustle of Robson Street. It has a very nice architecture, lots of space, and lots of books. A lovely place to relax and spend time with the books. There is a nice roof top restaurant also for some great views of the city
Written March 5, 2023
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Pyramid42
22 contributions
May 2022
Just a little walk through, not to check out a book, but just to have a look. Vancouver is full of interesting buildings, even if you're not into architecture. It's in the downtown area, right at the HoponHopOff bus, so easy to find. Worth it.
Written May 27, 2022
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Rosalia S
Madrid, Spain6 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a surprising place. I enjoyed the architecture and walking there. Nice for a rainy day. Besides I was at the end of my travel and in the need to do some computer work, and the place was perfect for it. Plenty of tables, quiet rooms full of other people studying, really inspiring.
Written June 7, 2022
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Alistair B
Delta, Canada39,355 contributions
Nov 2011 • Solo
I have enjoyed visiting this building more than a few times it's a different set up compared to most libraries with the 6-7 storeys it has.The selection of materials available here is impressive though with some things like music and dvds it might lag a little behind West Vancouver and the beautiful main North Vancouver library.This place is always busy even on a Sunday with people from the Suburbs and even tourists going there i would suggest if you're from out of town or are in Downtown for the day to check it out it won't cost you a penny.
Written May 7, 2012
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Kenneth Angus M
Vancouver, Canada10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
This library is chalk dull of poor people who are lazy taking care of their personal hygiene and belongings. Makes me sick. Get a job and then come back to the library looking decent and respectful. Until then your not ever welcome at the library.
Written April 3, 2018
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,175 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Visit the Vancouver Public Central Library use the lift and go to floor 9 to see across the Vancouver rooftops and a rooftop garden, very nice
Written June 23, 2022
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sipari_traveller
Edmonton, Canada286 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This beautifully designed library should be visited by anyone who really appreciates architecture. There is also a 'secret' rooftop garden with good city views.
Written November 28, 2018
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