Welcome to the VPL Foundation


The Vancouver Public Library Foundation was set up in 1997 to enhance the programs, collections, services, and spaces of the Vancouver Public Library; programs and spaces for everyone in our community. It is governed by a self-elected Board of Directors and currently employs five full time staff, who work closely with employees of the Vancouver Public Library.


Vancouver Public Library (VPL) was founded in 1887 and is the third largest public library system in Canada. The Vancouver Public Library Foundation is proud to support the Library’s successful history of providing services, programs and resources to children, families and adults throughout the City. 
Vancouver loves its library, offline and online: 78 per cent of city residents use the library, which enjoyed more than 6.9 million patron visits last year [an equivalent of more than 10 visits per resident]. The library’s website (vplf.ca) had 5.3 million visits. More than 8,000 programs – all of them free – entertained, engaged and informed more than 235,000 people.

Vancouver Public Library is a destination, a community, a facilitator, a resource, an innovator and an enabler. And free – always free.

Vancouver Public Library Foundation acknowledges that our work takes place on the unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation.