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Offer a Program at the Library

Are you a Vancouver resident or organization interested in partnering with the library to offer a public program?

Each year, in addition to our regular programming, we partner with local organizations and individuals to deliver a number of programs ranging from citizenship preparation courses to local author readings. The topics we consider for partner programs generally fall into the following areas:

  • Reading, writing & publishing
  • Local history
  • Digital creation
  • Arts & culture
  • Events that spark dialogue or build community

We do not generally partner to deliver programs that:

  • Are better suited to a community centre or continuing education program
  • Are crafts based
  • Have any promotional or commercial content

How does the process work?

Fill out the form below and tell us about your program. If we decide to pursue your idea, we’ll initiate a conversation to get more information, work out the logistics and identify ways to plan the best possible library program. We occasionally connect potential partners with similar proposals to collaborate on a shared event, or refer you to another organization that is more appropriate for your needs.

All partner events must be free and open to the public.

While we welcome ideas from everybody, we get a lot of proposals and are unable to offer all the programs pitched to us. Our selection process takes into account the library’s strategic goals and programming policy, as well as our organizational capacity.

How do I apply?

The library plans programs annually and quarterly. Deadlines for consideration are as follows:

If you want your event to take place:
Apply by:
October – December 2017 May 17, 2017
January ‐ March 2018 August 16, 2017
April ‐ June 2018 November 15, 2017
July ‐ September 2018 February 14, 2018

Ready to apply?

Tell us about your program idea!

james.bond@vpl.ca