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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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I work two blocks away, and often pick up or drop off books/movies/whatever. I often get stuck for an hour or two because there's interesting stuff to look at and pleasant place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I work two blocks away, and often pick up or drop off books/movies/whatever. I often get stuck for an hour or two because there's interesting stuff to look at and pleasant place to sit. Also I’ll bring my little daughter on a rainy weekend. Neat architecture too. Lots of good places to eat within an easy walk.

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

The library has about 7-8 floors. It is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. When you walk inside the building it has an old european feel. There are eatery shops located just outside (inside) the library doors. The library cards are free and drop off is very easy.

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Thank Jennifer T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The architecture alone is worth the visit. Great public space inside and out. Very clear that this is a community space...and that the community actually uses it.

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Thank Amy B
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful building with a great library inside. The City of Vancouver has really stepped up with investing in a classic building to house their excellent library.

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

If you want to find a book, video or some special information the Vancouver Library is the place to go. The unique architecture of the library is very special and it provides the perfect hideaway for some quiet time. Its downtown location is very central and it is accessible by skytrain, car and bus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place has rooms that you can book (without need of membership) to study in. Also features individual desks. Only qualm I have is that you can't speak very loud in the library. Hence only the group study areas allow speech. However, despite being in a group study area, we were still told off by some individuals right outside that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful library, we stayed next to it in the Westin hotel and walked by quite a few number of times. It is a beautiful structure and also a chill place to hang out.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This library does a great job of keeping up with the times. They have lots of digital media content and tools, helpful staff, solid gift shop. Only issue is parking and finding somewhere to sit!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We connect to the Vancouver Public Library via the online service that is provided (vpl.ca) and only go to the library to pick up books and DVDs that we have ordered online. The library has a desk where you can pick up what you have ordered and then there are automated check-out stations which are easy to use and incredibly... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff are extremely helpful for those times I've needed their assistance in downloading the files to access ebooks onto my computer and Kobo. I've never had a problem finding a book to research upcoming trips or just a book for my favoutire author.

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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.