Tsutae & Hanako Sato Japanese Memorial Library
The VJLS-JH Library has been restored upon completion of the new Japanese Hall complex and was named after Tsutae Sato and his wife Hanako. Mr. and Mrs. Sato had served VJLS-JH as the Principal and a teacher respectively for over 50 years during the most difficult pre-War and post-War periods.
Today, the library collects over 40,000 Japanese language books including picture books, manga and novels. After the University of British Columbia Library, the Tsutae and Hanako Sato Memorial Library have the largest collection of books in the Japanese Language in B.C. As the result of decades of acquisition and continuous donations from generous individuals and agencies in both Canada and Japan, the library is continually updated as an excellent resource center for young children to adults.
As a non-VJLS student, to continue to have access to the VJLS library, a new library membership will be required. For a 12-month membership, a fee of $50 will be charged. These new fees help contribute towards supporting the cost of the library management system software and support us in purchasing new books and materials needed for the library space. Eventually, we hope to run programming in our library to offer to our community members, like story time sessions and book clubs for all ages.
Alternatively, you can set up a library membership in-person at VJLS-JH during our office hours. We encourage you to call in advance to make sure someone can be of assistance to you. 604-254-2551.
If you have any challenges, please email Mika at email@example.com.
Digital library catalogue
Browse our catalogue online: Catalog (mlasolutions.com)
Access to Library
The library has been and still is operated by volunteer librarians, and is opened to the general public.
If the library door is closed during hours of operation, please visit the VJLS-JH administration office on the second floor.
Hours of Operation
Library – Room #306, 3rd Floor, Main Building
487 Alexander St, Vancouver
|Regular Opening hours 開館時間|
|Sunday & Holidays 日＆祝日||Library Closed 休館日|
|Monday 月||9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|Holiday Office Hours|
|Dec 19, 2022 - Dec 23, 2022||9:00 am to 4:00 pm
|Dec 24, 2022 - Jan 3, 2023||Closed|
|*Regular office and library hours resume on January 4, 2023.
The VJLS-JH’s archival records date back to the early 20th century when the Vancouver Japanese Language School was founded. These records trace the century of history of VJLS-JH as well as offering a wealth of information about the history of the Japanese Canadian Community.
Archive collections include textual records (documents product by the Board of Directors, faculty, and student records and publication) and a graphic collection (photographs, slides, films depicting students, faculty, VJLS buildings, and community events, sports).
Please contact us ahead of time to access the archival records. Access is restricted and requires permission from the Archivist.