Free Vancouver Public Library Services to Get You Through COVID-19 Social Distancing Days


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Vancouver Public Library locations across the city are closed to prevent the rapid rate of spread of COVID-19.

Even though the Public Library locations are closed, Vancouver Public Library provides plenty of free services that you can access without you ever having to set foot in a “physical” location.

Don’t have a library card? Get one online! this temporary card gives you access to most of the online digital resources except Fast Read ebooks and BiblioCommons library catalog.

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Here are 10 of the best free services to help you through social distancing:


1. Get access to News from around the World: Your library card gives online access to newspapers and magazines

You can also search for reliable health information use Medline Plus,

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2. Watch free movies:

Watch a variety of content by streaming or downloading the video from your library with the following video services:

  • Acorn TV – 7-day access pass for an unlimited streaming video experience with 4 access passes each per calendar month
  • CBC Digital Archives – CBC Radio and CBC Television clips from more than 75 years of broadcasting
  • IndieFlix – award-winning independent films, shorts, classics and documentaries
  • Indigenous Cinema at the NFB
  • – The largest classical music streaming library in the world featuring over 1,600 classical music videos, concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, artists’ profiles and educational programmes.
  • National Film Board

3. Brush up your skills or learn something new: Access video tutorial courses led by professionals in varying fields.

4. Find a new job: Use library resources to get find a new job or switch careers. Career Cruising is a comprehensive Canadian career guide providing detailed listings of 550 occupations, including education and training information.

5. Learn a new language: Self-isolation and social distancing period may be the best time to learn a new language. Mango Languages has over 70 self-paced language learning courses and dialects.


6. Study through Online Help: There are also several adult learning programs available online with a Vancouver Public library card.

7. Listen to chart-topping music in every genre: Did you know that you library card gives you 24/7 access to some great music? Download or stream thousands of music titles for free with services like

8. Research your heritage: Search for local and family histories with guides, interactive census maps, and more.

9. Get to know your world: Your library is a great resource to learn history of ancient and medieval civilizations.

10. Read a magazine or a book: Download a variety of magazines that covers a variety of topics — news, business, entertainment, fashion, and more. Online ebooks are available from:

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