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“fabulous people-watching; practically a mall”

Vancouver Public Library (Central Library Branch)
Ranked #13 of 352 things to do in Vancouver
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Owner description: A striking modern building contains over 130 photo albums on the history of the city.
Nashville, Tennessee
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“fabulous people-watching; practically a mall”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

One of the highest-tech public libraries I've visited -- there's a conveyor belt on which many of the returns are processed. The gift shop is well stocked with local art as well as an international array of stickers and other knickknacks. The zine collection on the second floor is nicely organized. Each floor is stocked with handouts and brochures advertising local events, specialized reading lists, and the like.

Visited September 2013
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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“Use it all the time”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

With the Overdrive app for your iPad you can use the library to download books to travel with. So not only does this award winning building house a treasure trove of books, movies, CD's and more but you can use it when you are out of town too!

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great library and the architecture!!”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

This was a great surprise. The architecture is awesome - looks like a coliseum!

There are 6 floors of books and it has ample seating.

The staff is most helpful - do not leave your belongings on their own as there are different people coming in and out of the library.

The library also has a great gift shop - not big but the selection is wonderful.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Visited November 2013
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UK
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“Good place to go”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Do you need to consult your email? Would you like to read magazines/newspapers/books or to see a movie, this is the right place. If you live in Vancouver and you have children, you can take them for stories at the children sections. For adults, different conferences - consult the schedule before you go...

Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful Library”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

A perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon relaxing and reading. Very interesting and varied collection. The architecture is beautiful and makes the building itself worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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