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Vancouver Public Library

Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
  • Mohammed A.
    "good time to study alone or with groups even with tutor!"(5 Tips)
    Shirin E.
    "Possibilities are endless once you have a VPL library card."(4 Tips)
    Anabelle B.
    "It's almost like being in Fringe ;)"(2 Tips)
    Mariana S.
    "Get your card, borrow any book for free today!"(12 Tips)
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  • Neil B.
    Wonderful gathering place in downtown Vancouver. Once they complete the reno's to open up they rooftop it's going to be amazing!
  • Brian J.
    Great architecture -- worth the picture!
  • Angel H.
    Angel HernandezOctober 14, 2016
    Free internet and knowledge What else can you ask for?
  • Sam C.
    Sam CarsonAugust 11, 2016
    Love this place
  • Atabak P.
    Atabak PouyaJuly 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the world's best library systems!
  • Timothy John G.
    Timothy John GarciaJuly 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Returning books? Great!
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlbagshiDecember 8, 2015
    One of the best librarys I have ever seen. This library offer the people a lot knds of services like borrow books by free , quite place to have good time to study alone or with groups even with tutor!
  • Mary L.
    Mary LOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Closes way too damn early on Fridays (6 pm).
  • Katya N.
    Katya NAugust 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The inspiration lab is fantastic, and the staff is extremely helpful if you have questions about the equipment.
  • Arash N.
    Arash NarchiAugust 21, 2015
    Tied with MTL for best library in North America...if you didn't know now you know ;)
  • Shirin E.
    Shirin EscarchaAugust 2, 2015
    Possibilities are endless once you have a VPL library card. They even have an Inspiration Lab for creative like me who love playing around with Photoshop!
  • Cameron F.
    Cameron FiskMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    There's lots of printed books here. I think people used to read them.
  • M.A.T
    M.A.TJanuary 26, 2015
    Nice place for students
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WainwrightSeptember 6, 2014
    Nice and quiet, free wifi, and air conditioned.
  • B C.
    B CMay 27, 2014
    They have these things called books here
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel Dos SantosFebruary 23, 2014
    The place to study or working or to fill you with knowledge, for sure it's.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LauNovember 14, 2013
    Ah... The good ol Fringe headquarters
  • Dale M.
    Dale MaclarenOctober 30, 2013
    Possibly the sketchiest bathrooms in the city. . . No idea why, but every time you go in there, you surprise someone?!?
  • Renn H.
    Renn HolnessJuly 31, 2013
    Great places to come with kids on the weekend. The Children's section always has colouring pages for the kids to draw while I select their books. Great job!
  • riacale
    riacaleJuly 21, 2013
    They've cut back on staff. Now there's just a phone on every level. :(
  • Caique S.
    Caique SantiagoJuly 17, 2013
    Make your online book reservation, so it takes less than 2 min to pick it up.
  • Henry L.
    Henry LeeJune 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Free WiFi w/ library- or internet-card; ask at InfoDesk. Best throughput: <50ms ping; max 1 MByte/s up and down speeds, subject to usage by other users. Better thruput near opening/closing times
  • Kelly E.
    Kelly EricksonFebruary 21, 2013
    Great place to get school work done.
  • Aftaab
    AftaabFebruary 21, 2013
    If you need fast wireless, find a coffee shop.
  • Guilherme T.
    Guilherme TrevisanJanuary 25, 2013
    You may get a library card by showing a Canadian visa that has been issued for 6 months or more
  • Florian G.
    Florian GeißlerJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome and huge architecture, about 2Mio+ books and free internet access. (after registration) Friendly securities & staff, clean and quiet. A great place to work!
    Upvoted Aug 22
  • Terry L.
    Terry LawrenceJune 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    300 kiByte Bandwidth!!!
  • Liv M.
    Liv MillaMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best place in Vancouver for read good books, study and to do your homework. :)
  • Geoff T.
    Geoff TrimpolMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Arts department loans out music CDs that you can import into iTunes. Expand your collection, or experiment with some new types of music for your seawall walks!
  • Luz stella R.
    Luz stella RincónMay 14, 2012
    I like is bigger
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DahlMay 9, 2012
    Return your books on time. It'll cost you less.
  • Nick N.
    Nick N.April 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Life's not hard when you've got a library card!
  • Mia M.
    Mia MApril 5, 2012
    Even if you aren't a huge reader, worth checking out for the amazing architecture. One of the best libraries in the lower mainland, in my opinion.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SanzaloneFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Free Wi-Fi / Internet with library card authentication.
  • The Province
    The ProvinceFebruary 16, 2012
    While we like hanging around the stacks, Metro Vancouver’s public libraries have loads of free events and workshops from memoir writing to concerts. Read more
  • tmyymmt
    tmyymmtDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Holiday Hours
  • Abbey J.
    Abbey JacksonNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    i live here
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OlsonNovember 21, 2011
    Several Places in this library are good to eat at ...for pizza and for coffee, and other smaller eating stuff.
  • osbornation
    osbornationSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    FYI, homeless people sleep and bathe in the washrooms. always bring hand sanitizer to the VPL ;)
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NusSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Internet is very sluggish during the afternoons when it's busy. Evening speeds are just fine.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WainwrightSeptember 23, 2011
    There are great, free introductions to the library's job hunting resources every Tuesday at 10.30am and Thursday at 2.30pm. Lasts about an hour. Floor 4.
  • Anabelle B.
    Anabelle BFSeptember 19, 2011
    It's almost like being in Fringe ;)
  • Calvin C.
    Calvin ChanSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best place to study! so comfy here!
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NusSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Never, EVER, take your eyes off your belongings. Certain regulars here have sticky fingers and will rob you even if you are dozed off at your desk.
  • Sensualist .
    Sensualist 💋August 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be aware of thieves 
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RoblesJuly 22, 2011
    One of the best places in Van
  • William T.
    William TrentonJuly 1, 2011
    My second home. Actually, sometimes it's more like my first..
  • Cameron R.
    Cameron RogersJune 12, 2011
    Not exactly the best place to go during the Canucks game. All the groans from the 8-1 loss really cramped my studying!
  • Robert W.
    Robert WilliamsMay 2, 2011
    Watch movies on the blue computers, wifi service is free and great, opened until 9pm daily except Sat & Sundays. Close to everything, Yaletown, Pacific Centre, Skytrain, Banking, food and dining, Post
  • Karen H.
    Karen HamiltonFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    1/2 hour storytimes for the kiddies every Mon/Wed starting from 10:30. French equivalent on Tuesdays at 2pm.
  • Kirill V.
    Kirill VechtomovNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Color printing is $1/p. Twice more expensive comparing to staples. Save your money.
  • James L.
    James LiuOctober 10, 2010
    Video games for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS in the Teen/Children sections. Max of 2 at once though, and it's only for a week.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CollingeOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Take out video games in the kids section.
  • Colin A.
    Colin ArmstrongOctober 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Where's the tip from Spandy Andy? I expected to see a tip from him saying BOOKS HERE, or maybe I READ!!
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana SanzSeptember 23, 2010
    Get your card, borrow any book for free today!
  • Cecilia L.
    Cecilia LuAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The entrepreneur's office away from the office! Free & reliable wifi, computers with Internet access & open office, printers (no scanners), meeting rooms you can book for free... what more can you ask
  • Kirill V.
    Kirill VechtomovAugust 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great relaxing sounds outside the library after working hours. Sitting on a bench and listening to this helps to get my thoughts in order.
  • Emilie
    EmilieJuly 24, 2010
    Sunny and beautiful outside, but have to get stuff done.
  • Michael E.
    Michael ElliottMay 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A beautiful building, great for photos. Gets really busy during exam season.
  • Dee
    DeeNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    VPL also has online help available. Chat with library staff at
  • Greg G.
    Greg GunnSeptember 18, 2009
    This is my favorite place in the city to go when I need to get work done with no distractions.
  • Madison D.
    Madison DSeptember 9, 2009
    A great place to do research. They have a helpful staff.
  • Luna P.
    Luna P.September 9, 2009
    Go to the library, and pick up some new books to read.
  • M.A.T
    M.A.TFebruary 13, 2015
    خشووع الصلاه
  • Luis Felipe F.
    Luis Felipe FerrazSeptember 20, 2011
    Que inveja!
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