Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

We are open Monday – Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm.

  • +Opening Hours

    Founded in 1976, and relocated to the new Visitor Centre in 2011, the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.

    Library Open hours:

    Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Thursday – Sunday Closed

    If you would like to connect with us before your visit please contact: library@vandusen.org

  • +Online Speaker Series

    The 2021 Flood Disaster in Southern BC (Online)

    Time: May 26, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Presenter:  Professor John Clague

    This presentation is a retrospective of November 2021 flooding in southern BC – Canada’s most costly natural disaster. Professor John Clague will discuss the event in the context of historic flooding and changing land use in BC. “Atmospheric rivers”, which were responsible for this disaster, are likely to become more frequent, larger, and perhaps longer in duration in the future, as the atmosphere warms. It is therefore important to reassess critical infrastructure to ensure that it is safer from extreme weather events.

    Register now!

    Speaker Bio:

    John Clague obtained his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 1973. He was employed as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1975 until 1998, and as a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University from 1998 until 2016. Clague is a geologist with research specializations in glacial geology, natural hazards, and climate change. He received an honorary PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2017, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.


    Register now!

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Chirigir-e Paper Art by Leanne Lai

    Opening May 16 – August 24.

    Open every Monday – Wednesday.  (Opening hours 10.00am – 3.00pm)

    Leanne is an artist and musician from Taiwan. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with a performance diploma in piano. With a love for creating beautiful things from handmade paper, she makes books and cards with handmade paper from many Asian countries.

    Her books are sold at the Suho Memorial Paper Museum in Taipei. Twenty-one years ago, Leanne began learning a Japanese artform called Chigiri-e—using hand-dyed paper (washi) to make pictures—and has studied under several masters in Taiwan. Her well-received Chigiri-e exhibitions include those in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and in the Vancouver area, she had shows at the Harmony Arts Festival Exhibition in 2018 and 2019. Leanne teaches this form at various places, including VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

    View a selection of her art here.

    See Leanne’s paintings at Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library (in the VanDusen Visitor Centre) 10.00am -3.00pm Monday – Wednesday. Opening May 16th.

    Admission: Free

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    Next Book Club meeting (online): April 28th 2022, 1:00pm

    Download the 2022 reading list here!

    Date Time Topic
    April 28, 2022 1:00pm Topic: Cherry Blossoms and Cherry Trees
    June 23, 2022 1:00pm Topic: Women and Trees

    Meetings will continue on Zoom until it is safe to meet in person.

    To prepare for Book Club meetings, check out the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, your local library systems or bookstores for books, ebooks and audiobooks. You are also welcome to conduct your own research online.

    We often purposefully choose general topics to allow members find material that interests them and so that there is less demand on a limited number of copies of one specific book.

    To register, for more information, and to get on our mailing list, contact Marina Princz at: library@vandusen.org

  • +Preschool Storytime

    Preschool Storytime is back!

    Join us to learn about the wonders of spring by planting your own seeds in a little pot to take home! Engage with nature-themed children’s books and explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

    3 to 5 year olds and their families are invited to join us on May 11th at 10:00 am for ‘Tweet! Tweet! Little Birds in the Garden’.

    Register now!

  • +About the Library

    The library’s collection focuses on gardening in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and covers a wide range of topics including gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, native floras from around the world, vegetable and herb gardening, pruning and training, North American ethnobotany, butterfly gardening, native plant gardening, flower arrangement, plant hunters, garden history, pests and diseases, garden design, gardens to visit, horticulture in urban environments, botany and plant ecology, plant conservation, literature in the garden, garden art, organic gardening, environmental science and much more.

    The Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre’s research collection complements the living resources of VanDusen Botanical Garden. In addition to our collection, you can enjoy regular community events hosted at the library.

  • +Covid-19 Adaptations

    Masks are no longer mandatory in all indoor public spaces in alignment with updates to the public health orders issued by the Provincial government. You are welcome to keep wearing masks, depending on your level of comfort.