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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
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A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history of...

A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history of the city.

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Unexpected architecture in a modern city

The new library building was modeled after the Coliseum in Rome and is quite an unexpected site amongst the modern buildings in Vancouver. It is worth a visit just to stroll in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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East Meadow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The new library building was modeled after the Coliseum in Rome and is quite an unexpected site amongst the modern buildings in Vancouver. It is worth a visit just to stroll in the lobby area, look up through the glass roof and admire the construction. The library itself has many departments and collections and is a welcome respite on a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

love this place, libraries bring a comfort. friendly service. all up to date books and services. can get books from other jurisdictions.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a star attraction for visitors touring downtown Vancouver. An amazing public space in the heart of the city that is enjoyed by local residents year-round. Head up to special collections on the upper floors to view the library's special collections and historic photos depicting early Vancouver.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you can't find a book here ,you never find it anywhere else. Nice gift shop too, close to shops and restaurants.

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Teresopolis, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This huge Library is just amazing!. Besides what you expect in a library, books, you''l find music and movies in DVDs, Blu-rays, equipment to create DVDs from Video Tapes, and rooms for recording and even filming.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're from out of town, the Vancouver Public Library is likely on your 'must see' list of places. It's worth it! The exterior views from different angles are spectacular. Moshe Safdie's design does the city proud. And yes, this is where they filmed part of that Arnold Schwarenegger movie way back when (The 6th Day back in 2000). If... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to go and buy used books from the gift shop for great values - guilty pleasure. They have very cute toys and a good array of greeting cards. Oh yes, the library is huge and great also.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The range of books and mags is as extensive and the building design is unusual. We ducked in for a quick visit on a rainy day but ended up for 2 hours. the range of books for a library was extensive. If you are lost for things to do with teh kids, then go here as its no ordinary library

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first impression of the library was WOW! The architecture was amazing and the book inventory was extensive. The books were divided into languages. It is a must see

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Bochum, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have you been to an ancient Roman arena? Well, this reminded us instantly of the Verona Arena in Italy

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Downtown
Vancouver's business district, the Downtown area is bustling with smartly-dressed folks balancing their lattes and briefcases to and from work. The area's plethora of contemporary commercial, residential, and corporate spaces has bred a landscape of nouveau restaurants, chain cafes, and upmarket shopping options. However, located right on the waterfront of Vancouver's energetic Harbour, Downtown is a also popular public meeting spot, with a massive public library and convention center attracting a bevy of visitors both local and not, as well as a hotspot for the arts, being home to some of Vancouver's most cutting-edge galleries. With behemoth architecture and a professional air, Downtown means business.