It isn't a replica, but this library was clearly inspired by the classical Roman Coliseum, awing visitors with its elegant ... More
Vancouver Public Library
It isn't a replica, but this library was clearly inspired by the classical Roman Coliseum, awing visitors with its elegant linear design. Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it was built in 1995 and draws book lovers and tourists alike. Bring the kids and go to the toddlers' play area or kids' lounge. There is also an art gallery, public readings, speakers and seven storeys of books to browse. There is a large promenade with a six storey-high ceiling that is filled with perfect people-watching seats. Shops and cafes dot the entrance, so grab a bite or souvenir as you explore.
This library is breathtaking. The architecture is amazing. I sat outside during lunchtime to eat, watch the birds, and soak up some sun.
When I entered the building I was even more impressed. To the left is a serious of cafe's and to the right is the library. (Please note that you must go through security prior to entering the library and taking pictures is forbidden!!) The library consists of several floors and the librarian are exremely helpful. One of them even wrote out directions to my next stop.
I could have stayed all day in the newspaper section; they had a copy of every newspaper from all over the world.
The only thing that they did not have is a post-card of the library. I sure wish I had one but I did take some pictures.
I live in Vancouver, and I'm just in love with the library, especially the magnificent Central Branch downtown. I'm a student and a book lover, so I go to the library almost everyday; to research, read, or people-watch. It's much more peaceful in the morning, when there aren't as many paople around, and it's a lot easier to find a secluded spot to sit. For the best and most peaceful experience, pick out your books and head for one of the reference rooms (on every floor, I think) and read til your eyes fall out.
The library is often congested on the ground floor, but don't be afraid to go further; the second floor (Social Sciences and Literature) through the sixth (Fine Arts) are much quieter (and there's a much better chance of finding an available computer). Also, there's a bathroom on every floor; they're all usually empty except for the one on the ground floor, which always has a line-up. Just go up one floor. It amazes me that no one ever figures this out.
Ok, I'll confess, I haven't spent much time actually using the library just to get bus info. But it is the most beautiful library on the West Coast (including the USA). Yes I have seen Seattle's acclaimed new library. There really is no comparison. Vancouver's is a must see even if you don't need a bus schedule.
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