Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Saturday: 11.00am – 2.00pm

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  • +About the Library

    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.

    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.

    Library Open hours:

    Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Tuesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm
    Saturday 11.00am – 2.00pm
    Thurs / Fri / Sun Closed

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

  • +Rae Warner Speaker Series

    March 29: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

    Topic: Stanley Park’s Legacy of Trees (In Person Event)

    Presenter: Nina Shoroplova

    Learn more and register now!

    Join us on March 29, 2023 for an in-person Rae Warner Speaker Series event! We’re excited to welcome you back to the Garden for this in person presentation with Nina Shoroplova. Nina’s talk will be based on her 2020 book, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

    Speaker Bio:

    Nina Shoroplova published Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park with Heritage House in 2020. This book received an honourable mention in the 2020 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards, which are organized by the BC Historical Federation. As Nina Woolliams, she published the bestselling Cattle Ranch: The Story of the Douglas Lake Cattle Company with Douglas & McIntyre in 1979. A naturalist and a member of Vancouver Master Gardeners, she is currently working on her next book about the trees that will survive climate change in Metro Vancouver.

    Her book will be available for sale at a discounted price at the presentation.

    Learn more and register now!

    Read about Rae Warner and her contributions to VanDusen here!

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Nature Impressions by Joey Mallett

    Running until April 24, 2023.

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

    Admission: Free
    Bio:  Joey Mallett is a painter, a sculptor and maker, also known as a muralist around Vancouver. Largely self-taught, through travel, apprenticeship and individual study Joey holds a certificate in print-making from the Capilano College Art Institute, and graduated with a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Langara University.

    Joey has taught murals, mixed-media and Expressive Arts for all ages, and holds residencies in schools with kids from K-12, incorporating many mixed media techniques. She is passionate about making and communicating with art and her work is a reflection of the diversity of her interests.
    Joey’s current work (view sample here)  is an exploration of non-objective abstraction.

    “Given the botanical nature of VanDusen Gardens, I have chosen these paintings to harmonize with the room. The paintings in this exhibit reflect the beauty of Nature, especially of the West Coast.”

    See these artworks at Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library (in the VanDusen Visitor Centre) 10.00am -3.00pm Monday – Wednesday until April 24.

    Admission: Free

  • +VanDusen Book Club

    NEW! Starting in 2023, Book Club participants will need to register for each month they would like to attend through their Amilia account. You MUST register by 12:00 pm (noon) the Wednesday before the Book Club meetings (which take place on the 4th Thursday of the month) in order to receive the Zoom link by email for the club meeting.

    Join our friendly group on the fourth Thursday of February, April, June, September and November from 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Meetings will continue on Zoom in the winter but we may move to an in-person and/or hybrid meeting in the spring (stay tuned).

    Our meetings focus on an eclectic variety of topics related to plants and the natural world.
    We purposely choose general topics to allow members to find materials that interest them and so that there is less demand on a limited number of copies of a particular book. Members are asked to read one, or as many of the suggested books as they like.

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

    Download the 2023 reading list here.

    Date Theme Register
    February 23, 1pm – 2pm Animal Connections See reading list and register here!
    April 27, 1pm – 2pm Strange Journeys See reading list and register here!
    June 22, 1pm – 2pm Books by Marc Hamer See reading list and register here!
    September 28, 1pm – 2pm The Fungus Among Us See reading list and register here!
    November 23, 1pm – 2pm Deep Time to Our Time See reading list and register here!
  • +Preschool Storytime

    3 to 5 year olds and their families are invited to join us on March 22nd at 10.00 am for Preschool Storytime!

    March’s theme: Rainy Days and Rainbows

    Through stories, songs, and a simple hands-on activity, we’ll explore some of the foods and drinks that are so yummy and nourishing for the winter months, and we will share some herbal tea.

    Learn more & register!


  • +F.A.Q.

    Are you open to the general public?
    Yes! Anyone can use our library although only VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA) members are able to borrow books.

    As a VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA) member, can I check out materials?
    VBGA members can borrow 3 books for 3 weeks at a time from our lending collection (all books with a green or orange label on their spines). Your VBGA membership card functions as your library card. Circulating items may be renewed once by e-mail or phone if they are not already overdue, and if no hold has been placed on them. All other materials are for library use only.

    Do you answer questions over the telephone? By email?
    Both! Contact us through library@vandusen.org or at 604-257-8668. The library staff and volunteers will be happy to let you know what information we have in the library on your topic and give answers and referrals whenever possible.

    Are you part of the Vancouver Public Library system?
    No, we are not.

    Do you accept donations of books and magazines?
    The Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre accepts donations of books. All donated material is reviewed according to the selection criteria applied to purchased material. If your donation is not needed for the library collection, it will be sold in a used book sale with the proceeds going to the library’s book acquisition budget. However, due to limited storage space, we may not be able to accept larger donations and out-of-date material.

    Can I donate a book in memory of someone?
    Yes. All gift books that are accepted into our collection will be processed with a memorial bookplate, if desired. You may contact us at 604-257-8668 for more information.

    My plant is sick. If I bring it into the library, can you tell me what’s wrong?
    We recommend you contact the Vancouver Master Gardeners Association of BC (Vancouver chapter) here. However, the library staff will help you find and use books from our reference collection on pests and diseases.

    Can I make a cash donation to the Library?
    If you wish to direct a financial donation to support the Library, to enhance the collection or donate to our Adopt-a-Shelf program please contact fundraising@vandusen.org or call 604-257-8677.

    Do I need to wear a mask in the library?
    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.

    Contact Information:
    Marina Princz: Librarian
    Tel. 604-257-8668
    Email: library@vandusen.org
    Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre
    5151 Oak Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6M 4H1

    We are a member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (www.cbhl.net).