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 the Library?

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

ESL Book Club

Some ongoing programs new community members might like to know about:

  • English Corner - Enjoy English conversation while developing language skills and making new friends.

  • ESL Book Club - Improve your English skills by reading and discussing stories.

  • Let's Talk - Read news articles and discuss current events with other English language learners.

  • Children's Storytimes - Bring your baby, two-year-old or toddler for a half-hour session of songs, rhymes, puppets and stories.

    Volunteer

    Library Champions - If you are new to Canada and enthusiastic about libraries, you can introduce other newcomers to the wealth of resources at public libraries.  

Collections

We have a great collection of print and electronic resources:

  • Books in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
  • DVDs - including foreign films, documentaries, instructional programs
  • Music CDs
  • Audiobooks
  • Popular magazines 
  • Newspapers from around the world
  • Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music
  • Books on our Kindle e-readers

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

Small Group Conversation

Tuesday, September 26

Let's Talk!

Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall East

Small Group Conversation

Wednesday, September 27

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