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Vancouver Community Library
+ Branch features
Friends of the Library Bookstore: Shop for gently used books at bargain prices in The Booknook, located in the southwest corner of the atrium. Open: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
Thatcher's Coffee: Enjoy a refreshing beverage or baked item in the southeast corner of the atrium. Open daily from opening to 3 pm.
Computer Lab: A room for quiet computer use and classes on Level 1
Teen Central: A room especially for ages 12-18 on Level 1
Early Learning Center: A space dedicated to interactive exploration and learning for young children and their caregivers on Level 3
Tween Scene: A space designed just for ages 9-12 on Level 3
Video phone: A video relay services station on Level 4
Vancouver Room: A quiet reading room with great views and a fireplace on Level 5
Outdoor Terrace: An outside space featuring spectacular views of Mt Hood, the Columbia River, and beyond on Level 5
Gray Space: An art space showcasing paintings, photographs, and multi-media pieces by local artists on Levels 1, 4, and 5
+ Statistics & history
2017 service statistics
Visits to library: 550,042
Programs offered: 1,469
Program attendance: 34,903
Reference questions: 51,753
1877: Vancouver Library Association, a subscription library, formed.
1891: Vancouver Public Library established.
1909: Carnegie Building at 16th & Main built.
1950: Vancouver Public Library and Clark County Library merge on July 1.
1960: Bond measure passes to replace the library on Main Street with a larger library on Mill Plain Blvd.
1963: Library on Mill Plain Blvd. opens; Carnegie library on Main Street closes.
2006: Bond measure passes and includes funding for a new Vancouver library.
2011: Grand opening of new library at 901 C Street on July 17. Watch the video! (The building on Mill Plain Blvd. now houses the library district's Operations Center).