Making the Most of Your Research Trip to the Vancouver Public Library
Genealogists visit the Vancouver Public Library every day to made use of its extensive print, microfilm and electronic resources. Use the following tips to get the most out of your visit:
Check the Vancouver Public Library website for general information on opening hours, etc. If you want to print copies from Ancestry Library Edition, please remember that all print requests should be made at least half an hour before the library closes.
Explore all the other Genealogy and Family History web pages to get a better idea of what you can expect to find in the Vancouver Public Library genealogy collection.
Bring supplies. Come prepared with paper, pencils and other supplies that you might need. There are power outlets for your laptop. Wireless is available.
Bring research materials. Copies of genealogy charts, documents, and notes may be helpful not only for you but also for the information staff if you need help.
Bring money if you expect to make copies of documents. Printing and photocopying costs 20 cents per page for black and white and 75 cents per page for colour. Discounted price is available on double-sided copies. Copies from microfilm reader-printers are 40 cents. Copy cards may be purchased on Levels 2 and 7 and may be used for regular and micro-reader prints.
Remember that the information staff are very busy. Please ask specific questions. This is not the time to give a full account of your family history research!
A popular database for international genealogical research. Highlights include images and indexes to Canadian, UK and US census records, Ontario birth, marriage and death records, and much more. Available for in-library use only at any of our branches.
Search for historical British Columbia birth, marriage, and death registrations. While not all historical civil registrations are available online, over 700,000 digitized images are now available and new digitized images will be loaded on a regular basis.
Vancouver Public Library's collection of digitized British Columbia city directories dates from 1860 up to and including 1955. The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbian communities, including street and name listings of individuals and businesses in Vancouver and Victoria, as well as population figures; government listings; operating newspapers; schools and libraries from communities across the province.
Explore the history of Canada's inhabitants and their culture from 1000 to 1920 through the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Research people who played an important role in the formation of what is now Canada.
Searchable primary source material dating 1450-2008, with access to over half a million books, digitised newspapers (The Economist, Financial Times, and more), 6.5 million manuscript pages. Includes: maps, photos, pamphlets, sermons, poems.