Vancouver Public Library Named Number One Library in the World

By Vancity Buzz Staff | 8 months ago | Speak Up

The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has been ranked the number one public library in the world. The VPL shares the top spot with Montreal’s Bibliothèques.

The survey was conducted by scholars from Germany’s Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf. They surveyed libraries in 31 cities around the world and our fair city came out on top.

“Vancouver is a world-class city and we’re extremely pleased and humbled to be recognized as a top world-class library,” said Sandra Singh, VPL’s chief librarian.

Libraries were judged on services, physical space, and online resources. They were also judged on how well they supported their respective cities.

Chicago, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Toronto were also in the  top five. At the bottom of the list were the public libraries in Frankfurt, London, and Dubai.

Image: Paul Yates/Shutterstock

Speak Up

  • scared of bed bugz

    What about the bed bugs. . .

  • cane

    what bed bugs

  • Cyn Wong

    That was in burnaby I believe

  • Adam Nowek

    These scholars are clearly insane.

  • Headscratcher

    I love this city but god damn we win some questionable rankings sometimes…

  • bill

    i had a chance to see Seattle’s library last year, and i have to admit theirs is better.

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