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Surprising Things You Can Get With A Vancouver Public Library Card

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A great deal of Vancouverites graduate high school and never step foot in a library again; however, they may not realize the extent of what they are missing.

For one, libraries are filled with the most spellbinding, hilarious, and heartbreakingly beautiful works of literature. Their shelves hold vast enterprises of knowledge, and each book may carry a life changing revelation for its reader.

With that being said, not everyone enjoys reading, but there’s much more to a Vancouver Public Library card than just books.

In fact, this card is a gateway to a number of resources both inside the library and beyond.

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Vancouver Public Library 

Physical Collection of over 2 Million Items

You read that figure correctly – over 2 million items. That is certainly more than you’ll be able to digest in your lifetime, and therefore you’ll likely find a vast wealth of information on nearly any topic. Furthermore, this collection isn’t exclusive to books. You can also borrow DVDs, tablets and more!

Resources from Home

Do you live in PJs, hate the outside world, or is the rain simply bringing you down? Stay at home and enjoy the wide variety of online resources available to you!

There are eBooks, magazines via RB Digital, business resources and more. So, if you haven’t ventured to the library for fear of moving, you have no excuse now.


Inspiration Lab

What exactly is an inspiration lab?

The library defines it as, “Vancouver’s free space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling.” What’s more, it is yours to enjoy thanks to your trusty library card.

You may:

  • record professional quality audio and video in one of the recording studios.
  • covert photographs, audio cassettes, and video tapes into digital formats.
  • edit images, audio tracks, and video clips, or self-publish your own eBook

Let the inspiration begin!

Vancouver Inspiration Pass

Hugely popular, the Vancouver Inspiration Pass opens the door to exciting experiences and fun things to see and do across the city. The free pass is valid for a period of two weeks, and can be borrowed through any location.

Thanks to the program’s 27 partner venues, residents can check out the best that their city can offer – including popular attractions, museums, heritage sites, fitness facilities, world-class gardens and cultural performances.

There are 140 passes available for loan every two weeks – 20 are available through the Central Library downtown and six passes available at each of VPL branches across the city. With that being said, some patrons will experience a wait before a pass becomes available.


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