The Vancouver Public Library has a range of equipment that you can use while researching your family history at the Library.
Three options are available for those needing to use computers when doing genealogical research at the Central Library:
These stations are identified by blue signs and provide access to a limited number of databases and websites. The advantage of these stations is that you do not have to login and there is no time limit. Resources that can be accessed through Library Research Workstations include Ancestry Library Edition and many key genealogy websites – FamilySearch, Genealogy and Family History at Library and Archives Canada and others.
These stations provide open access to the Internet as well as word processing, spreadsheet and other software. There is a limit of 4 hours per day at the Central Library. To use these stations, either a Vancouver Public Library card or an Internet Access card is required. Cardholders can pre-book Internet workstations.
Free wireless access is available throughout the Central Library. To use wireless, either a Vancouver Public Library card or an Internet Access card is required. Laptop plug outlets are provided at many study tables and in carrels.
The Vancouver Public Library collection includes a number of genealogy resources that have been published on CD-ROM. Resources on these CD-ROMs include:
Microreader / printers are readily available without pre-booking and can be used to view and print from microfilm or microfiche.
10-24X magnification – 6 machines (8.5x11” paper)
9-16X magnification – 1 machine (11x17” paper)
See also the tab10-24X magnification – 4 machines (8.5x11” paper)10-24X magnification – 2 machines (8.5x11” paper)
13-27X magnification – 1 machine (11x17” paper)
20-48X magnification – 1 machine (8.5x11” paper)
Black-and-white & colour network printers are available on every floor at the Central Library. A networked printer allows you to scan. Scanning instructions are posted at every workstation.