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

    January Speaker Series

    January 30, 2023: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    Topic: Flower Power: Experiences in Forensic Botany

    Presenter: Rolf Mathewes

    Since 1986, Rolf has been involved in criminal investigations, using macroscopic plant remains and microscopic pollen and spores as trace evidence (including an indigenous land claim). His academic background in paleobotany and pollen analysis prepared him for investigations involving the fragmented and small plant parts that often turn up in police investigations.

    Rolf Mathewes is a full professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and served as the Associate Dean of Science between 2000 and 2011.

    Learn more & register now!

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    Garden of Earthly Delights by Vancouver’s En Plein Air Group

    Running until December 16, 2022.

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

    For over a decade, Vancouver’s en plein air group have painted together outdoors in the city’s most beautiful locations from Iona Beach, to Stanley Park, to the Cleveland Dam. Their favourite spot from which to glean inspiration is VanDusen Botanical Garden, beloved for its worldliness, enchantment, colours, textures and forms.

    From September 15th to December 16th 2022, their new exhibition Garden of Earthly Delights, which features paintings of different areas and seasons at VanDusen, will be on display in the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre. Come and view these gorgeous works in oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media from artists Susanne Kestner; Elahe Nour Bakhsh; Susan Morson; Riitta Peirone; Toni Ludski; Graham Good; Elizabeth Austin; and Margaret Lawther.

    See these artworks at Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library (in the VanDusen Visitor Centre) 10.00am -3.00pm Monday – Wednesday until December 16.

    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.

    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 January 25rd at 10.00 am for Preschool Storytime!

    January’s theme: Cedar’s Many Uses

    This month Geronimo Alec, VanDusen’s Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, will join our team to share songs an stories about how his people continue to use indigenous plants such as cedar. We will conclude with a fun art project to take home.

    Learn more & register!


  • +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.