Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

The Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre has re-opened!

Please read the following information before planning your library visit. 

We look forward to welcoming you back.

  • +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.

    Opening hours beginning October 5th:

    Monday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Thursday – Sunday CLOSED

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

  • +Join our Online Book Club!

    Join The Yosef Wosk Library & resource Centre Virtual Book Club is back! 

    Next Zoom meeting: Thursday, October 8 at 1:00 pm

    Recent scientific research is challenging many of our assumptions about how birds live and think.

    Continuing our exploration of animal themes, and in conjunction with Vancouver Bird Week (October 3-10), this month we will explore the topic of: The Lives and Intelligence of Birds.

    We recommend that you read any of the following books:

    • “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think” (2020) by Jennifer Ackerman
    • “The Genius of Birds” (2016) by Jennifer Ackerman
    • “The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds And What They Reveal About Being Human” (2014) by Noah K. Stryker

    Attendees are also welcomed to read other books or do their own internet research on the topic and bring back what they learned to share with the group.

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

  • +NEW 2020 Speaker Series

    Kaila Borrelli presents: “A Guide to Low Waste Living”

    Details: Monday, October 26, 2020 6:30-7:30 pm (Zoom)

    “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

    This is the mantra that will guide Kaila Borrelli’s presentation on urban sustainability. Kaila will provide practical tips on how to avoid waste and choose quality, sustainably-made goods without breaking the bank so we can all step towards having a lighter environmental footprint.


    Kaila Borrelli is a 26-year-old corporate animal by day and an environmentalist, blogger, and social activist by night. Through Sustainably Urban, she promotes ways to reduce environmental impact on a budget. Kaila believes that there is a business case to be made for living an environmentally-sustainable lifestyle, and that financial responsibility and conscious consumerism go hand-in-hand.


  • +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.