Stretching out over an entire city block (and centered of course, around the city library,) Library Square is one of the most visually interesting areas in Vancouver. The iconic circular structure slightly resembles the Coliseum of Rome, with inventive design that seamlessly integrates the interior and exterior. The rooftop garden designed by a local landscape architect furthers this aesthetic.
Library Square consists of the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library, a high-rise office building, and various shops and restaurants on the ground level. Perhaps its most unique design element is the free-standing colonnaded elliptical wall, reached by bridges from its pavilion. The area contains several public reading and study sections flooded with natural light, alongside nine floors and over one million books and other reference materials. The entire square is a bustling public landmark and community gathering spot beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Library Square is located in the eastern part of downtown Vancouver at 350 West Georgia Street. It’s free to enter and is open daily. To get there by public transport, take bus 5, 17, or 20, or stop at one of three Skytrain stations nearby (Granville Station, Vancouver City Centre Station and Stadium–Chinatown Station.) Free internet is available inside the library. Bike racks and underground parking are also available.