Past Events

Member-Only Events

From time to time VPL hosts special programming and tours for members of the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library.  E-Book training sessions and tours of Special Collections are two examples of past offerings for members only.

Watch this space for further offers.

If you have any suggestions for future sessions, please let us know.

Library & Inspiration Lab Tours for Friends Members:
April 7 & 9 2016

Enjoy a special guided tour of the Central Library, exclusive to members of Friends and their friends.  Staff from VPL’s Programming & Learning Services will be your guide.  Highlights will include the Library’s many architectural features, behind-the-scenes staff areas, and the new Inspiration Lab – the Library’s exciting digital creation space.  The tour will last about an hour, with refreshments and time to socialize following in the Morris J. Wosk Boardroom.
Two dates are available:
Thursday, April 7, 2-3:30pm. Register by 5pm on April 4.
Saturday, April 9, 2-3:30pm. Register by 5pm on April 6.
Call 604.331.3603 or email to register yourself and a guest, perhaps a friend you can encourage to become a Friend (there will be a sign-up opportunity at the event).

2016 Scotiabank Charity Challenge – Sunday June 26 2016

It’s that time of year again! VPL Foundation is offering Friends an exclusive opportunity to run and fundraise for our favourite library in 2016!

Current members of Friends of the VPL are eligible to enter a draw for free entries to the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5k or Half-Marathon. The draw will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016.

In 2015 Friends members took advantage of this partnership, ran a great race, and together the team raised over $5000 for the Vancouver Public Library!

In 2016, we look forward to seeing you again in the race and at the Charity Village on June 26th.

If you would like to be included in the draw, please contact Margaret Buttner at or 604 331-4041.

For more information about the event, please check the following link

Please note: this offer is only open to current members of the Friends of the VPL. Participants who opt to run the half marathon will be asked to raise a minimum of $200, while those participating in the 5K will be asked to raise a minimum of $100.

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 2016

We will be hosting a volunteer appreciation brunch for our currently active volunteers in recognition of their contributions on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Invitations will be sent out to all active volunteers in early January 2016


Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 2015

January 24, 2015 11:00 am 1:30 pm

Our volunteers have helped put on three book sales, kept book’mark running, and participated in outreach on behalf of Friends. We hosted a volunteer appreciation brunch for our active volunteers in recognition of their contributions.

By invitation.