Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver (must see)

The Vancouver Public Library is more than your average public library. When the city of Vancouver was looking to build a public library in 1990, they solicited several different designs to be voted on by the public. The winner was a somewhat nontraditional design by Moshe Safdie, which features a rectangular area for the library itself, surrounded by a dramatic, elliptical wall.

The library portion lies within a seven-story rectangle. This contains all of the actual library materials, including books, periodicals, and other references. It's encircled by a colonnaded wall, where study areas and reading rooms are connected by bridges punctuated with light wells. The building sits directly across the street from The Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, which Safdie was commissioned to design as a compliment to the library.

This building has been featured in several movies and TV shows over the years. The cloning company in The 6th Day was headquartered in the library's Central Branch. Scenes from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus were filmed in the entrance hall of the Central Branch, too. Several scenes from the sci-fi shows Battlestar Galactica and Caprica were also filmed in various areas of the library.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're a library fan, an architectural fan, or appreciate sound urban design and community resources, you will love this library.
If you appreciate free activities and services, or simply seek out things to do on rainy days, you will love this library just as well.
In addition to the newly-opened rooftop garden, the two upper floors (8th/9th), which were previously leased out, have been tastefully renovated.

Tip:
While escalators and elevators help deliver you quickly to your destination, the trip up the levels is worth it to see how the floor plans differ and merge into open spaces.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Vancouver Public Library
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver  

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

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Vancouver Walking Tour: Mount Pleasant

Vancouver Walking Tour: Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant was one of the very first neighborhood zones developed in the city of Vancouver. Here you can find lively coffee shops, bistros, trendy boutiques, galleries, and much more. Take this walking tour to discover all the great attractions of the Mount Pleasant area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver

Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver

Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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