About the Vancouver Public Library

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

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, had 5.3 million visits. More than 8,000 programs – all of them free – entertained, engaged and informed more than 235,000 people.

VPL is well known for its iconic and much-photographed main branch – a Colosseum-style building designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie – which along with a broad public plaza covers a square city block in downtown Vancouver.

VPL is No. 1 – a major international research project named the public libraries in Vancouver and Montreal as the No. 1 libraries in world cities in 2013 – topping libraries in New York, Boston, London, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Toronto.

About the Friends of the VPL

The Friends of the Vancouver Public Library are a community of library lovers who volunteer, fundraise, and advocate in support of the Vancouver Public Library.  Friends also operates book’mark, The Library Store, on the main level of Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

Want to know where to donate a used book or get involved in a special project? Check their website at  Friends of the VPL