Vancouver Public Library has recently opened its top two floors of Central library to public library users.
Rather than featuring traditional collections, the expansion offers meeting rooms, a glass enclosed reading room, an 80 person theatre, exhibition space featuring morph, an exploration of change, as well as a long awaited public rooftop garden and outdoor terraces.
The original architects (Moshe Safdie & Associates with local partners DA Architects) were retained to design the new expansion. World-renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, responsible for the original green roof, also designed the rooftop garden. The expansion adds almost 4,000 square metres (42,000 ft2) of new interior space, as well as an additional 1,560 square metres (approximately 16,800 ft2) of outdoor space.
The project was made possible through investments from the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver, as well as the generous support of donors to the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s Storeys that Transform capital campaign.