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Local History

Use the following VPL resources to find historical photographs of Vancouver and BC; research names and city streets; listen to reminiscences about the West End; find articles and stories on BC history; learn about the history of the Vancouver Public Library; or dip into a lively, short-lived weekly newspaper from the early twentieth century.

photograph of Parliament buildings

BC Index

Index to historical information about British Columbia in books, magazines, and newspapers in the VPL collection

photograph of patrons reading newspapers at Central library in the 1960s

BC Saturday Sunset, 1907-1915

Complete run of the BC Saturday Sunset weekly newspaper

BC City Directories

British Columbia City Directories
1860 -1955

Digitized British Columbia city directories from 1860 up to and including 1955

Chinatown Stories

Stories about Vancouver's Chinatown as experienced by long-time Chinatown residents.

Explore This Vancouver

Explore This Vancouver

Experience Vancouver’s history, culture and communities with our own free tour app

photograph of the BC courthouse in 1933

Historical Photographs of BC and Yukon

A collection of more than 250,000 black and white negatives and prints

photograph of the Carnegie Library in 190-

Library History

History of the Vancouver Public Library

Literary Landmarks

Literary Landmarks

The intersection of notable authors, their compelling stories and the unique geography of our communities

Reading Lights

A celebration of the work of B.C. children’s book authors and illustrators.

This Vancouver

This Vancouver

Experience the stories and history of Vancouver communities through images, audio clips, and videos.

1952 aerial photograph of the West End of Vancouver looking northwest

West End Stories

Oral stories from individuals who grew up and went to school in Vancouver’s West End