The Vancouver Art Gallery Library is a non-circulating collection specializing in contemporary, modern and Canadian art. The Library holdings include more than 50,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 60 journal subscriptions, 5,000 artist files, sound recordings and auction catalogues that document painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, video and emerging art forms. The Archives contain the official records of the Gallery since its founding in 1931 and some personal papers of local artists and writers.

750 Hornby Street
(2nd floor, Gallery Annex)
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H7
Mon-Thurs | 11am-5pm
by appointment*
Closed Statutory Holidays

Contact Us
T: 604.662.4709
W: Library Website

The Library & Archives will be closed to the public from August 20 through September 3, 2018. Normal hours resume on September 4.

* To request an appointment, please email us.


SEP 22-23
10 AM - 5 PM

Gallery Lobby
Annual Gallery Book Sale

Join us for the annual Vancouver Art Gallery Library Book Sale! This popular event is a great opportunity to find out-of-print and nearly new art books, exhibition catalogues and collectible items for your personal bookshelf or for your bibliophile friends and family.

All proceeds from this event support the Gallery’s Library.

The Catalogue describes books, exhibition catalogues, Canadian artist files and sound recordings in the collection. Pre-1990 publications are still being added.
Please contact the Library to ask about older material.

Visit the Library & Archives website for further details and to follow our Visual Arts News blog.