Vancouver Public Library
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Vancouver Public Library information
This dramatic, Colosseum-like building must be a temple to the great god of libraries. If not, it's certainly one of the world's most magnificent book-lending facilities. Designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1995, it contains 1.2 million books and other items spread out over seven levels, all of them seemingly populated by language students silently learning English from textbooks (and messaging each other).
There's free wi-fi available on-site, plus computer terminals if you don't have your laptop. The library hosts a lively roster of book readings and literary events. If you're traveling with kids, the downstairs children's section is an ideal hangout. Plans are also afoot to open the library's roof with a garden and cafe for visitors – ask at the front desk (quietly).