North Vancouver City Library

Located in what is considered 'the heart of the City', the North Vancouver City Library encompasses 36,000 square feet of public space on three levels. The LEED Gold designated building is a popular gathering place, welcoming a steady stream of visitors and garnering praise for its distinctive design, sustainable features and impressive library collection.

Location: 120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver
Parking: low cost and free short term underground parking available

Library Amenities

Key library amenities include those described below. For more information about the Library visit

Digitization Station

Digitize old media (e.g. photos, videos, CDs), then work independently to complete your project. Learn more about the Digitization Station on the Library website.

Recording Station

Explore video and audio recording at the library! The Recording studio is a sound-baffled 10'x14' room, equipped with a high-capacity Windows PC, both basic and professional video and audio production software, microphones, video lights, and a green screen. Additional equipment including video cameras is available to use in the station. Learn more about the Recording Station on the Library website.

We have the space and equipment to help you get started with your project:

  • Film and produce your own YouTube video or vlog
  • Rehearse a job interview to get feedback from others
  • Record an audition tape or performance
  • Record your music
  • Create your own audiobook
  • Record a podcast

The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is a digital learning space on the third floor of the library. Here you’ll find classes, workshops and drop-in sessions on a variety of current and emerging technology to help you build your digital skills and inspire your creativity! Learn more about The Collaboratory on the Library website.

Tools at the Collaboratory help support:

  • Coding & computational thinking
  • Robotics & circuitry
  • Virtual & augmented reality
  • STEM & STEAM learning
  • Graphic design & illustration
  • Animation Videography

Children's Reading Garden

Play in the reading garden, which features greenery, pebbles, toys, fun seating, and ouchless ground covering.

Teen Room

This dedicated space for teens includes gaming consoles, group study tables, teen-specific resources and information, and teen-created artwork.

Laziza Café

Located on the first level, the café connects directly to the library with a comfortable lounge space to read the newspaper, sip a coffee, and connect with friends.

Sustainable Features

The Library was awarded LEED Gold certification by the Canadian Green Building Council in early 2015 and is one of only four buildings on the North Shore to hold this accreditation. The Library was designed and built with sustainability in mind and is the first facility in Central Lonsdale to enjoy high efficiency district energy service provided by the award winning Lonsdale Energy Corporation.

Solar panels installed atop the library generate alternative energy which helps to power LEC's high efficiency boilers. The condensing boilers, which have a more than 92% efficiency provide heat for the library and surrounding buildings that are served by the LEC system.

Library sustainable features include:

  • Low energy consumption, low noise HVAC system
  • Dedicated outdoor air system
  • Radiant slab heating/cooling ceiling system
  • Central water-to-water heat pump plant
  • Low flush fixtures
  • Solar shading
  • High-efficiency lighting system
  • Energy-saving monitoring system
  • Green housekeeping

Public Art

Public art in and around the Library includes the following:

Learn more about public art in our Public Art in Civic Plaza, Library and City Hall brochure.

Civic Plaza

The adjoining Civic Plaza is a unique and welcoming gathering place for residents and visitors. Civic Plaza has free WiFi available to the public during Library hours. The Plaza provides easy access to the library, City Hall, Lonsdale Avenue and the Central Lonsdale neighbourhood.

Civic Plaza features:

  • Free WiFi connection ('PLAZAIR'). No password required.
  • Public promenade connects Lonsdale Avenue, City Hall, the Library and Chesterfield Avenue
  • Outdoor amphitheatre for seasonal events
  • Café terrace and ample bench seating
  • Water features and naturescaping

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