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 11,038 books and published manuscripts dating 1678-2014; 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.

Alongside the standard scholarly monographs, the Library has collected other types of publications and records including registers of shipping, the record of seamen shipped at the Port of Vancouver and ship's logs.

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 made by contacting the Librarian at, or by telephone at 604-257-3099.
Please note: The library will be closed from June 11 - June 26, 2018

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 VMM 2015.pdf