Libraries, Archives & Museums etc in Greater Vancouver and Victoria, BC Canada

Public Libraries, Archives & Museums in Metro-Vancouver and Victoria B.C. Canada

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Public Libraries

Vancouver Public Libary
Central-Main branch
"Inspiration through information. Access for all. Welcome to the Vancouver Public Library on-line"
see location on Homer and West Georgia on Vancouver map

Burnaby Public Library
Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
"6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4N5 (West of the Metrotown Skytrain Station; parking available underground)"

* The photo collage at the top of this page shows views of this branch of the Burnaby libraries, On-Line-Public-Access-Catalog computer terminal area as well as external views of this wonderful library collection and building next to the Metrotown supermall complex. The interior photos were taken with permission of the Librarian as part of an article by library disaster planning consultant Guy Robertson, for the Canadian Library Associations publication, the Feliciter

Richmond Public Library

Greater Victoria Public Library
Victoria Public Libary System
It's NEVER too early to read to your children.
Studies show that a child's attitude to learning in general, and reading in particular, are established in the first six years..." (website quote 2002)

* The original Victoria Carnegie Library building is in the photo at the top of this page. If you are interested in the history of Andrew Carnegie libraries - see also

Archives:  city-municipal, provincial

British Columbia Archives (BC Archives)
" ... located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The BC Archives is the central archives service for the government of British Columbia, and provides research access to records of enduring value to the province for both the provincial government and public clientele. 

The BC Archives is also the central agency responsible for recorded information management within the provincial government, including the provisions of policies, standards, and advice; administration of records legislation; and maintenance of the Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS).

Our archival holdings include: government documents and records; private historical manuscripts and papers; maps, charts and architectural plans; photographs; paintings, drawings and prints; audio and video tapes; film; newspapers; and an extensive library of publications with a strong emphasis on the social and political history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. " (web site quote 2002)

City of Burnaby Archives

City of Vancouver Archives
"The City of Vancouver Archives, a division of the City Clerk's Department, is responsible for acquiring, organizing and preserving Vancouver's historical records and making them available to the widest possible audience. Our holdings include:
  • City of Vancouver government records
  • Records of non-government organizations, businesses and individuals
  • Visual records including historic photographs, maps, etc

YOU CAN SEARCH entire Archives database, including photographs

Mastercard, Visa and American Express are accepted for online and in-person purchases over $10. " (quote from website 2002)

North Vancouver Museum & Archives
"North Vancouver's diverse and colourful past is reflected in the extensive collections of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives ...
Our collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs highlight:
  • Community development on Vancouver's North Shore
  • Industrial activity, particularly shipbuilding, and the early logging and lumber trade
  • Transportation and the Port of Vancouver
  • Recreation in the North Shore mountains
    The staff of the Museum and Archives is pleased to make the records of North Vancouver's history accessible and meaningful to the public. " (website quote 2002)

City of Victoria Archives
"The City of Victoria Archives acquires, preserves and provides access to civic and private records documenting the history of Victoria, British Columbia. This web site is an extension of our traditional reference services."


Museum of Anthropolgy at UBC
Located at the University of Bristh Columbia, in Vancouver.

Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Simon Fraser University
see Kids section of website

Burnaby Village Museum
" of the largest civic museums in Canada. On display are some of the more interesting items from the museum's collection of more than 41,500 artifacts. See a restored 1910 CCM motorcycle, documents from Burnaby's first settler, Burnaby's first legal seal, sports equipment and an 80-year-old folding boat that was used on Deer Lake. This exhibit offers a fascinating window into Burnaby's past. " (website quote 2002)

Royal British Columbia Museum
675 Belleville Street,
Victoria, British Columbia CANADA V8W 9W2
(250) 356-RBCM (7226) or 1-888-447-7977

North Vancouver Museum & Archives
see listing above

Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Museum is located in Vanier Park, at 1905 Ogden Avenue. The Vancouver Museum and the Pacific Space Centre are also in Vanier Park, and we're just a short stroll from Granville Island. (website quote 2002)

Science World

"Science World is a hands-on science centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We are a favourite family destination offering entertaining and educational experiences. In addition to the hundreds of interactive exhibits featured in our galleries, we are also home to the Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre and the Science Theatre. The Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre features magnificent science and nature films on one of the world's largest dome screens...." (website quote 2002)

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See also Military Museum

War Bride display in Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum

see also Greater Vancouver Regional District Map

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Other Museums in Canada

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Military Museum of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Prince of Wales Armouries

National Library & National Archives of Canada

National Library of Canada

National Archives of Canada early web magazine for librarians and archivists

Graduate studies in Library Information & Archival Science University of BC, Vancouver

Library Technology Programs

Library Associations

B.C.Libraries Assoc.

Canadian Library Assoc.

BC Health Libraries Assoc.

Special Libraries Assoc. Western Canada Chapter

Specialty Groups

Vancouver Online Users Group Archives VOLUG 1997-2001 Papua New Guinea online articles collection


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