The Central Library is one of the Vancouver’s best stories never told. More than a home for books, music, and other lending collections, today it is a place where people from every background come for meetings, workshops, social events or to relax with a good book.

The Central Library was built 20 years ago to as our city’s central reference library, housing the bulk of VPL’s collections. Today, the Central Library is a busy community hub, surrounded by several newly vibrant neighborhoods. It hosts over 5,500 visitors every day for programs and events – in many languages – ranging from children’s story-times to technology classes for seniors to networking sessions for entrepreneurs. With so many visitors and activities taking place, the Central Library is bursting at the seams.

In response to this increase in demand, VPL is developing new two storeys of new public space, as well as enhancing existing library spaces. The VPL Foundation is committed to raising the $12.5M needed to make this vision a reality.

Sources of Funding

The cost of the expansion is $21.5 million, and the City of Vancouver has contributed $9 million towards the project. The VPL Foundation is reaching out to the community to raise the remaining $12.5 million. This fundraising is being led by a Campaign Cabinet , made up of dedicated community and business leaders who are volunteering their time to support the mission of VPL.

We are well on our way to reaching our goal, with more than $7 million already donated or committed , but we need your support to make this project possible—to transform our storeys .

A Revitalized Central Library

The changes being made to Central Library highlight the Library’s role as a place of culture and learning – for everyone in our community. The new storeys on Level 8 & 9 will feature a double height atrium for exhibits, performances and presentations; a quiet reading and study room; dedicated spaces where writers, filmmakers and other storytellers can work, mentor and collaborate; a stepped auditorium for screenings, performances and lectures; flexible community program spaces; a rooftop garden and two outdoor terraces.

Funds will also be spent revitalizing and adding new program spaces to the Children’s Library, redesigning Level 2 to better promote interaction, learning and dialogue and transforming Level 3 to a digital learning and creation hub that will include an exciting new Teen Centre. These new spaces will enable VPL to offer up to 25,000 more hours of programming each year.

The revitalized Central Library will have something for everyone!

You can be a part of it

The Central Library is the heart of our city. The campaign to expand it will create new opportunities for the thousands of visitors who come through its doors each year

With your help the Central Library will grow to become a place where everyone can realize their full potential. This once in a lifetime project is an opportunity for library lovers to make a special gift and invest in the potential of people in our city.

Make a gift today to grow the heart of our city.