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 three full time staff, who work closely with employees of the Vancouver Public Library.

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

Across its 21 locations, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

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

About Storeys that Transform: The Campaign to Transform Central Library

With an ever increasing demand on its services and a rapidly growing population in its surrounding neighbourhoods, VPL’s Central Library needs to grow. Construction to add two storeys of new space for reading, learning programs and exhibits is already underway, and will be complete by May 2018.

Next, VPL will renovate existing spaces at Central Library to better serve the community needs. Read more here.

The cost of the project to expand and enhance existing spaces of Central Library is $21.5M. The City of Vancouver has committed $9M towards growing Central Library.

Vancouver Public Library Foundation has committed to raise the remaining $12.5M. Thanks to the leadership of our Campaign Cabinet, we have raised $7.2M so far. With the support of our community we will raise another $5.3M, over the next three years.