Newcomers

Welcome to the West Vancouver Memorial Library

Welcome video

If you're new to West Vancouver, allow us to help you get settled and feel at home.

To help you learn how you can use the Library, and the many services we offer, we have created Welcome to the Library, a five minute video. It is available in English, French, Farsi, Korean, Chinese, Tagalog and Japanese.  

How do I join?

Membership is free and easy. Show us some identification that includes your photo, name and current address—a driver's license, or a telephone bill and passport, for example—and we'll give you a free card! With a library card you can take material home and use our online resources.


What does the Library have to offer?

Events & ClasseS

Here are some ongoing programs of particular interest to new community members: 

  • English Corner - an enjoyable way to practise your English conversation skills. This intermediate-level program runs from September through June. 
  • English Conversation Circle - improve your English skills by reading and discussing stories.
  • Let's Talk -  improve your listening and speaking skills at this weekly discussion group. 
  • Children's Storytimes - bring your baby, two-year-old or toddler for a half-hour session of stories, songs, and puppets.
  • Library Champions - if you are new to Canada and enthusiastic about libraries, volunteer to introduce other newcomers to public libraries.  

print and electronic resources

  • Books in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Persian
  • DVDs - including foreign films, documentaries, instructional programs
  • Music CDs
  • Audiobooks
  • Popular magazines 
  • Newspapers from around the world
  • Ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and music
  • Kindles you can borrow

Many other Services

  • Trained, qualified, helpful staff 
  • Public computers with Microsoft Office, Skype, scanners, and printers
  • Comfortable spaces to meet, read, study, talk or work 

Help Online

English as a Second Language - our ESL webapge has links to resources and programs to help you learn and improve your English language skills 

Citizenship & Newcomers - websites to explore to help you settle in and prepare for your citizenship test  

NewToBC - provides newcomers with essential settlement information including immigrant services by community

Refugee Settlement - websites for refugees seeking jobs, mental health counselling and other services

Upcoming

English Conversation Circle

Monday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Small Group Conversation

Tuesday, November 13, 10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., Community Computing Centre

Let's Talk!

Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East