The West Vancouver Memorial Library is a vibrant, open-ended story with new chapters of discovery penned daily. New projects, acquisitions, materials, programs, equipment, furnishings, and building improvements are carefully selected. The Foundation works with the Library to determine where private support can have the greatest impact, while not supplanting the public funding for the basic operations of the Library.
The Lab is open and the West Vancouver Memorial Library takes another big step forward in delivering its mission to support lifelong learning and literacy, this time the focus is on digital literacy, an identified emergent need. The Foundation is extremely proud to have partnered with the Municipality to support the Lab initiative, with major kudos to the Library team for their insightful repurposing of the former book storage space. The opening ceremony was extremely well supported, it was great to see patrons queuing at the Lab door to experience the technology in action. Our sincere gratitude to supporters of the Library who donate to the Foundation, it is only through your kind generosity and ongoing support that enhancements such as The Lab are possible. If you wish to make a donation please visit Donate to the Foundation.
The Musto Lounge
The Foundation provided funding for the furnishings in the Musto Lounge in the Library's newest space, which opened on March 28, 2017. The Lounge is named after Elizabeth Musto, West Vancouver Memorial Library's first Chief Librarian, who served from 1950 to 1972.
With carefully selected and comfortable seating, proximity to natural light and fabrics inspired by the work of B.C. Binning, the Musto Lounge is a bright, accessible and inviting social hub within the Library.
In 2016 the Foundation was pleased to help sponsor the Imagine IT! Technology Fair
Just in time for summer 2015, the Libray's newly refurbished courtyard is officially open!
The new courtyard provides an attractive and comfortable outdoor space in which to read, connect to our Wi-Fi, work on a project with a colleague or have a cup of coffee with a friend and boasts the following amenities and improvements:
- Space for 18 visitors in three types of seating: high top, study and lounge tables
- Improved appearance for courtyard users and patrons viewing it from inside the Library
- Flexible furnishings that can be rearranged for a variety of purposes
- A partial canopy for coverage on damp days
- A level ground plane with enhanced irrigation and drainage
- An attractive flooring pattern and vegetation
- Ambient lighting during the evening
Funding support provided by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation.
The Brand New Teens-Only Space, named Room 14, opened recently to much applause and excitement. It is a gorgeous, well-designed place just for those in their teenage years. The beautiful new furnishings, wide-screen visual monitor, audio plug-ins, computers, resources, jazzy modern pod-room with spectacular West Vancouver view, are theirs to enjoy. The teens love it and so do parents who gratefully acknowledge the space as a nurturing, safe, fun place for teens to socialize, learn, study, connect, plug in, chill out, and to call their very own.
Creighton Water Wall
An indoor cascading water wall now welcomes visitors to the Library's Lower Level thanks to a generous donation from the estate of Joan Creighton, who served as a Director of the Foundation (1992-1997) and as a Trustee of the Library Board, including role of Chair (1995-2001). Donations from the Foundation, including bequests from the Estates of Joan Creighton and William Patrick, have enabled the Library to develop well-designed and forward-looking spaces, furnishings and infrastructure on the Lower Level. Enhancements include installation of study space furnishings for collaborative study, addition of sound control treatments, comfortable lounge seating and upgraded connectivity through additional computer workstations, electrical outlets and reliable wireless.