The Vancouver Art Gallery Library is a non-circulating collection specializing in contemporary, modern and Canadian art. The Library holdings include more than 45,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 100 journal subscriptions, 5,000 artist files, sound recordings, slides and auction catalogues documenting painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, video and emerging art forms.
|Hours & Location
Mon-Thurs by appointment*
Closed Statutory Holidays
2nd floor of the Gallery Annex
|*The Library & Archives welcomes visitors by appointment. Appointments can be made Monday–Thursday between 10:30am and 5pm.
To request an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.662.4709 to arrange a time for you to consult our collections.
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery Library microsite.
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 12-5pm
The Vancouver Art Gallery Archives contain the official papers and records of the Gallery since its founding in 1931. In addition, the Archives include some of the personal papers of local artists and writers, including the recently acquired personal papers of painter and educator B.C. Binning.
An appointment is neccessary to consult material in the archives
History of Exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery
This database documents the Gallery's exhibitions from 1931 to the present. Currently it is only available for use in the Library.
For Museum Library Exchange Partners
For a list of Vancouver Art Gallery Publications available for exchange from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, Click here.
bill bissett Special Collection
Many of the items in this collection were produced in limited editions and resemble chapbooks and zines in their use of creative printing techniques, mixed media illustration, and unique art and ephemera inserts. For researchers of bissett’s poetry and artwork, concrete poetry, the history of British Columbia publishing, and small press publishing in Canada, the bill bissett collection at the VAG Library is an indispensible resource.
To find records for the items in this collection search the Online Catalogue