Facts and Figures

Location: 120 14th St. West, North Vancouver.
Dates: Ground-breaking: February 2007, grand opening: September 20, 2008
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto) in a joint venture with CEI Architecture (Vancouver)

Other libraries by this firm:
  • Richmond Hill Public Library
  • Burnaby Public Library, Tommy Douglas Branch
  • Toronto Public Library, Maria Schulka Branch
Landscape Design: Phillips, Farevaag, Smallenberg Project Manager: Turnbull Construction Construction Management: PCL Size: 36,000 square feet; old library 13,900 square feet; Café: 850 Square Feet; Cost: total project costs $36,233,500
  • Library construction: $27,810,000 (includes parking/plaza/contingency)
  • Professional fees: 3,550,000
  • Collection development: 1,100,000
  • Furniture, fittings, equipment: 1,600,000
  • Other: 2,173,500
Additional Funding: Spirit Square Provincial Grant for Civic Plaza: $500,000; Canada – BC Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund: $204,000 for 120 solar hot water panels for library roof

Special Features

Laziza Café: Laziza is a coffee and gelato shop located within the library, but with a separate entrance just to the west of the library entrance. Laziza serves moja coffee, gelato, pastries, vegetarian food, an array of Lebanese eats, and other treats.

The Children's Reading Garden: An outdoor reading room for children with an ouchless floor and fun seating.

The Room: Just for teens, this special room is equipped with study tables, game gear and a 52-inch TV.

The Terrace: An outdoor reading room with views of the Lions and Burrard Inlet.

RFID Technology provided by Techlogic.

  • nine-bin sort system for automated check-in of Library materials
  • Automated checkout and payment stations
  • Security gates and alarm system to protect Library materials
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