Library Square

Library Square, Vancouver: Hours, Address, Library Square Reviews: 4.5/5

Library Square
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:30 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
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
  • Granville • 5 min walk
  • Stadium–Chinatown • 5 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
269 reviews
Excellent
121
Very good
109
Average
33
Poor
3
Terrible
3

Tells It Like It Is
1 contribution
Disgusting Monstrosity Glorifying Execution and Suffering
Feb 2020
I hated this building from the day it was built sometime in the 1990's, a 'center of learning" (a library) modelled after one of the worlds most nortorious monuments to mass execution, suffering, and injustice, the Ancient Roman Colliseum. The fact that Vancouver chose a design like this for its star public enlightenment center (a main public library) tells you a lot about the social psychology of this city, that it is and has been for decades inherently TWISTED and PSYCHOTIC, but can't seem to understand that, because Vancouver is too proud, snotty and psycho.
Written February 18, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada11,918 contributions
Library Square: Heart of the VPL
Jul 2019
Library Square encompasses a full city block and represents the culmination of Moshe Safdie’s innovative design. The city’s vision for the Vancouver Public Library and, by extension, Library Square, was to develop a multi-use building that would serve as a central hub for Vancouverites and tourists alike. In that regard, the space known as Library Square has succeeded because it seamlessly blends retail, dining, entertainment, art and bibliothek into a comprehensive and dynamic gestalt.

Indeed, Library Square represents the proverbial heart of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL). As you approach the VPL, the “art” of Library Square greets you in a multitude of ways. First, there’s the intriguing and thought-provoking text just outside the building: THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE. Installed in 2010, this text-based sculpture unsettles our typical understanding of what it means to develop a sculpture. Taken within the context of the library, however, the text alludes to the very malleable nature of words and language – we can use it to contemplate numerous meanings within the oasis of calm that is Library Square and the VPL. Second, there’s the architecture of Library Square and the VPL. In shape and colour, the space is reminiscent of Rome’s great Colosseum, but with a modern twist. In ancient times, the Colosseum was a thing of spectacle. Here, in the 21st century, Library Square and the VPL are also a thing of spectacle, but on a far more functional level. It is a thing of beauty.

Once you actually enter Library Square, you can see how it draws all of these diverse elements together. Retail, dining, entertainment, art and library work together to create an energized yet strangely relaxing space. The internal glass façade allows for streams of light to come through the structure, giving the illusion that you’re outdoors as opposed to inside. In this way, the space is at once contemplative while concurrently a beehive of activity. You could sit back, enjoy a Blenz coffee and read a book; or, attend the ABC Dollar Store, grab a drink at the Library Square Pub, or do some banking. It’s a diverse hodgepodge, but done in an attractive, balanced way. Thus, even if one doesn’t patronize the VPL proper, Library Square is worth a visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada2,983 contributions
A great square for people and ....
Jan 2020
Every city needs a square and Library provides a bit of that for Vancouver. It is not a European type by any stretch but it offers places to sit, purchase food and people watch.
Written January 30, 2020
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GwenVancouver2011
Gibsons, Canada42 contributions
My favourite place in Vancouver
Jan 2020
Ok, you can borrow a book, a movie, a script, an e-reader. You can make recordings, audio &/or visual. You can access any of huge banks of computers. You can enjoy the amenities on the new top & rooftop areas. All this in a perfect location.
Written January 28, 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Very interesting
Nov 2019
We spent hours and enjoyed the beautiful library! This was wonderful time and a great experience. Our family loves libraries. Absolutely a delightful time. The Library 📚 is great for any families! So much more than books. A gorgeous building!
Written January 22, 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,762 contributions
Views of the library facade
Dec 2019 • Couples
Vancouver Library is an imposing 9 level structure built in the style of the Colosseum. Thee library square is a small area at the front of the library and is a good place to snap a photo or two of the library facade.
Written December 18, 2019
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almeidaalex
Sao Paulo, SP41 contributions
Much more than books
Oct 2019
I have been surprised with so many activities you could do at VPL, there are much more than books, it has videos, meetups. I could borrow a music instrument or a board chess.
Written November 4, 2019
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Mary Alice M
Dallas, TX244 contributions
Beautiful area
Oct 2019
We walked by almost every day we were there. We went to the library several times, once to the book sale. Beautiful building - interesting architecture.

Written October 29, 2019
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R1chardN
Surbiton, UK559 contributions
Impressive Public Library
Aug 2019
This is Vancouver's impressive Public Library. It covers nine floors and has a beautiful roof garden. The architecture is very impressive and worth a stop.
The square is also a good pick up/drop off point. We caught the free bus service to The Capilno Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from here.
Written October 13, 2019
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bitler
Newport Beach, CA405 contributions
My favorite Library in Canada
Oct 2019
This library is huge, yet warm and quiet. 8 Floors, it is amazing, they have programs going on all the time and really knowledgeable librarians. Very Friendly.

Written October 11, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Library Square

Library Square is open:
  • Sun - Thu 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
  • Fri - Sat 11:30 AM - 3:00 AM