January 16, 2022

Canada: Vancouver Public Library Receives $2 Million in Support From Canadian to Expand its Central Branch

From Canadian Heritage:

2017-02-10_14-46-13The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre), today announced $2 million in funding for the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

[Note: $2 million Canadian Dollars = approx. $1.528 Million U.S. Dollars]


This support will allow VPL to renovate space on the eighth and ninth levels of its iconic Central Branch in downtown Vancouver. Thanks to this expansion, VPL will be able to provide increased services to the public, create arts and heritage spaces for cultural programming and artist-in-residence activities, and produce a community gathering space and publicly accessible rooftop garden.

The additional venues will be free for use by professional arts, heritage and community groups wishing to increase their profile and build new audiences by providing free presentations to the public.


The library’s expansion project is composed of five key components—a 60-seat theatre for screenings and performances; an exhibit space for art and archives, a two-storey atrium for three-dimensional exhibits, space for the VPL writer-in-residence and the VPL Indigenous storyteller-in-residence, and a reconfigurable indoor and outdoor space for theatrical performances, music recitals, exhibit viewings, screenings and author readings.

In 2016, the VPL Central Branch received 1.9 million visits.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Library and Archives Canada Will Begin Providing In-Person Services From Inside Vancouver Public Library Next Year (October 6, 2016)


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.