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The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the second largest public library system in Canada, with more than 2.8 million items in its collections, 22 branches, approximately 375,000 cardholders, and nearly nine million item borrowings annually. The administration centre, and also the largest branch, known as the Central Branch, is located at Library Square in downtown Vancouver.


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Thank you Jacques! We're glad you're back!


nice building Cathy!


Thank you Carol ! Yes, it's a great library.


Thanks Cevas.......very interesting.......I can imagine spending an entire day just wandering around this Library!


I dunno!


Thank you Suzy ! I'm always pleased to find your notes.
I'm glad you like it Laurajane!! Five seconds !! How do you do that !?!


I would love to spend a morning wandering through this magnificent building!


What an interesting design this is. Thanks for providing the history for us.


Hi Lorna! That's actually a good question. The library is the round part. The office building was built at the same time and there are stores and restaurants in the lower floors.

Hi Faye! Yes, that's right. It has a rooftop garden. Thanks for adding more details.

In TV and film
Scenes from The 6th Day were filmed at the Central Branch, where it stood as the headquarters for the cloning company.
Scenes from the closing sequence of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus were filmed in the Central Branch entrance hall.
Scenes from the television series Battlestar Galactica and its spin-off Caprica were filmed at the building.
A shootout scene in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever was filmed inside and outside the building.
The museum scenes in Mr. Magoo were filmed in the Central Branch entrance hall.
The Fringe Division headquarters scenes in Fringe were filmed inside and outside of the building.


And it has a "living roof". :)


Ok, this is where I show how dim I am! Is the library both the amazing coliseum style building and the tall building alongside it Cathy?


Thank you Jim! I'm glad you like it.


Neat photo and information! Thanks, Cathy!


You are very welcome Gladstone!! This building opened in 1995 so I could have called it " a new building in Vancouver."


Thank you cevas for sharing this information.