The W.B. and M.H. Chung Library was built in 1993 thanks to the generosity of its namesakes, Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung.

The Library provides public access to information about maritime history, art, culture and technology.

The Library holds over 12,000 books and published manuscripts dating 1678-present; and 510 bound and unbound periodicals. The library collection is catalogued and classified according to the Library of Congress Classification system. The primary focus of the collection is the maritime exploration and history of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver and coastal British Columbia. Other subjects include early Arctic and Antarctic exploration, Canadian naval history, naval architecture, and the science of navigation.

Visiting the Library

The W.B. and M.H. Chung Library is open to the public by appointment. The Library is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Appointments may be booked online.

Please refer to our Reference Room Guidelines. Researchers may bring laptop computers as the Library does not provide computers for word processing or other software applications.

Library Services

For information about research services, ordering reproductions, or other information please contact the Librarian at

You may also download a copy of our Scheudule of Fees for Reproduction Services:

Schedule of Fees for Reproduction Services

Book Library & Archives Visit

W.B. & M.H. Chung Library Catalogue

Enter the Beta version of the catalogue below. Please note that books in the library are non-circulating.