Community Name: Richmond
Library: Cambie Library
Address: 11590 Cambie Road
Richmond became a municipality in 1879, was designated a city in 1990 and currently has a population estimated at more than 200,000. Richmond has its roots in fishing, agriculture, shipping, and later aviation, manufacturing and technological industries.
The city has five public library locations, which are open to all of its residents: Brighouse, Ironwood, Steveston, Hamilton and Cambie. You can sign up for a library card online and then stop by one of the five locations with a piece of identification to pick it up.
The Richmond Public Library’s website allows members to easily search for books, DVDs, eBooks, newspapers and magazines in separate catalogues. According to the 2011 Census, Richmond has the largest percentage of residents who claim Chinese as their mother tongue and home language out of all the municipalities in the Lower Mainland. As a result, the Richmond Public Library offers books, DVDs and CDs in eight different languages: Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. The library also has a Chinese Browsing Catalogue, which residents can use to find Chinese resources.
Even with all of these resources, if members can’t find what they’re looking for, Richmond Public Library librarians are available by email, live chat, text or phone. Members can also visit the frequently asked questions section of the website or stop by one of the library’s branches.
A library card to the Richmond Public Library also gives members access to a wealth of other research databases, including Encyclopaedia Universalis, Business Plans Handbook, eLibrary Canada, Master FILE, Auto Repair, Learning Express, Greenwood ESL, Computer eBooks and online education courses. The Richmond Public Library also offers exclusive content that is not available at other libraries, such as BC Stats, BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes, Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards and LegalEze: BC Statutes and Regulations.
The library holds activities for kids, teens, and adults. Kid’s activities include Sing and Play, Baby Time, Family Storytime, Play and Learn, and Parent and Child Read and Connect. Most of these activities are held in the Dream Room. Teens can participate in a book club, study in the Study Zone, follow the library’s Teen Blog, get help with homework, or write an essay for teen essay contests. The Richmond Public Library also has a special section of the website for newcomers. It includes settlement stories, an introduction to the library and a list of resources to help newcomers learn about Canada, practice the Canadian citizenship test and much more.
The Richmond Public Library has more than a hundred computers with Internet access. They can be used for free by anyone with a valid Library card and can be booked by phone or online. Cardholders can use a computer for a maximum of two hours per day.
The Richmond Public Library is also active on social media. The library’s Facebook page is updated regularly with information about community events, popular book titles, announcements and more. Library users who prefer Twitter can follow the Richmond Public Library @RPL_YourLibrary for the same events, book recommendations and announcements.
For more information about the Richmond Pubic Library and its branches, click here.
Richmond in the News
Cambie Branch of the Richmond Public Library Holds Parenting Skills Workshop
The Cambie Library hosted a parenting skills workshop in August 2014. Parents were invited to share their experiences and ideas about parenting, children, discipline and other topics in both English and Punjabi.
This is just one example of the types of special events that are hosted by the Richmond Public Library.
Contact Number: 604-273-2223
Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM