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    Posted April 11, 2014 by
    Vancouver, British Columbia
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    Vancouver Public Library is No. 1 among world libraries


    Many around the world know Vancouver for its hospitality during the 2010 Winter Olympics. But standing tall in the heart of this Canadian city's downtown core is Vancouver Public Library's central branch - one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

    Vancouver's central branch is part of Canada's third-largest public library system, and was designed to be a meeting place in the city and a hub for emerging culture. The library’s mission? To provide a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information.

    Named No. 1 among world information cities in 2013 by scholars at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany, Vancouver's public library system shared the top honour with Bibliothèques Montréal and topped a lengthy list that included libraries in New York Boston, London, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Toronto.

    Researchers in the university’s department of information science analyzed the services and spaces – digital and physical – of public libraries in 31 major centres around the world, exploring how they support the digital, learning and creative fabric of their cities.

    But this international acclaim is common knowledge to local residents who flock to the library and its 21 branches 6.9 million times a year to borrow everything from books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs, and magazines or attend a free event or class. Travellers from around the globe also rate Vancouver's central library a top 10, must-see attraction - street cred at its finest from the global online community.

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