Burnaby Public Library's collection development policy includes a special obligation to purchase and preserve materials which contain information on the province of British Columbia, its environment, communities and residents. The library's Special Collections includes more than 9,000 books and other material relating to British Columbia, BC communities and local Indigenous peoples. The collection also includes historical items about Burnaby and by Burnaby authors. Books and other materials span a wide range of subjects – from stories of Ogopogo, to urban planning, immigration, real estate, railways, wildlife, forests and shipyards. We have art books by and about local and BC artists, First Nations history and languages, local high school yearbooks dating from the 1930s, books of poetry and fiction, personal and family histories, journals of BC explorers, and histories of BC towns and cities.
Special Collections is housed on the second floor of the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch. Materials are available on request for use in the library during regular operating hours, seven days a week. Some items in Special Collections are also available in the circulating collection, and can be borrowed. The special care and restricted access of Special Collections ensures that items in the collection remain available well beyond the expected lifespan of circulating materials.
Burnaby 125/Canada 150+
To mark Burnaby 125/Canada 150+, the library has a small selection of special collections material on public display during the fall and winter of 2017 at the following branches:
- Bob Prittie Metrotown, from November 6 to 21
- McGill, from November 27 to December 8
- Tommy Douglas, from December 18 to January 2
Learn more about our display with Selections from Burnaby Public Library's Special Collections [PDF], or view a selection of images from these display materials below.
Hugh M. Fraser High School, 1941
Edited by Bill Baker & Tom Cumming
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Ocean to Ocean: Sandford Fleming’s Expedition through Canada in 1872
George M. Grant
M.G. Hurtig Limited, 1967
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The Copp, Clark Company, 1899
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Ryerson Press, 1967
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