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 has the largest collection of books in the Japanese Language in B.C. As the result of decades of acquisition and continuous donations from the generous individuals and agency in both Canada and Japan, the library is continually updated as an excellent resource center for young children to adults.
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.
You must be a member of VJLS-JH society to borrow the library materials. (Family member of a student attending Saturday Japanese courses is a member of VJLS-JH)
For the membership information and annual fee, please contact VJLS-JH office.
Hours of Operation
Library – Room #306, 3rd Floor, Main Building
487 Alexander St, Vancouver
|Regular Library Hours|
|Sunday & Holidays||Library Closed|
|Tuesday||9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|Friday||9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|Effective March 18, 2020: Library will be closed until further notice. For details, see COVID-19 Update page.
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 require permission from the Archivist.