The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has over twenty libraries across Vancouver, each with their own unique history and character. However, if you are going to visit one library, make sure it is the 9-story Central Branch at 350 West Georgia Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver. With a structure reminiscent of the Roman Colosseum, the Central Branch is one of the most distinctive buildings in Vancouver. It might even look familiar to you – after all, it has been used as a filming location for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2000 sci-fi flick The 6th Day and television series Battlestar Galactica and Fringe, among others.
The Central Branch features many fascinating amenities. The branch houses the Northwest History Collection which “includes directories for BC communities back to the 1800s, books, periodicals, early BC newspapers on microfilm, maps, pamphlets and ephemera, as well as historical Canadian literary works, children’s books and over 250,000 historical photographs.” The Central Branch (along with all other VPL branches) also has an Indigenous Collection.
The Central Branch offers an Inspiration Lab where patrons can collaborate and record, digitize, and create their projects for free.
Recently opened in fall 2018, the Phillips, Hager, and North Garden offers people a scenic views of the city and a green and serene place to relax, read, eat, or catch up with friends. Among the greenery are white roses, honeysuckle, and coral bark maple trees.
Located in the same building are several eateries and cafes, including Blenz (my go-to cafe for hot chocolate), Salad Loop, Wasabi Sushi, and Flying Wedge.