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The Vancouver Bibliography: An indispensable research guide

What is it?

The Vancouver Bibliography is an online database listing almost everything written about the city of Vancouver from its incorporation in 1886 to the present day.

What's in it?

EVERYTHING with a Vancouver connection, including people, events, natural history, city planning, transportation, sports, business, the arts, politics, parks, education, organizations. Books, photographs, maps, films, magazine articles, fiction, government publications, etc. etc.

In 1980 the VHS embarked upon its most ambitious project to date - the compilation of a bibliography of material relating to the City of Vancouver. This was completed and published in 1986 to commemorate the City's Centennial and contains over 15,000 citations which refer primarily to works held by major secular and religious libraries and archives in British Columbia, the National Library of Canada and the Public Archives of Canada. The four volume bibliography is no longer in print but the data base from which this was produced is maintained at the University of British Columbia Library. Since 2003, the UBC Library has also assumed full responsibility for its administration. Access to the data base is available free to anyone at

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