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

W.B. & M.H. Chung Library

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 13,000 books and published manuscripts dating 1678-present; and 510 bound and unbound periodicals. The primary focus of the collection is the maritime history of the Pacific and Arctic, specifically Vancouver and coastal British Columbia.

Library Services

For information about research services, ordering reproductions, or other information please contact the librarian & archivist at See the bottom of this page for a schedule of fees.

Visiting the Library

The W.B. and M.H. Chung Library is a reference library, which means all the books have to stay in the library, but it is open to the public to come and view books onsite. We are open to the public by appointment. To book an appointment, please reach out to the Librarian & Archivist to confirm what you would like to look at. Check out our catalogue to find out which books you would like to see:

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.




Please considering buying a book for the library from our wish list with Massy Books.

All you need to do is select the “donate books” button below to see our wish list on the Massy Books website. You can buy the books directly from Massy Books and add “VMM” to the instructions. Massy Books will make sure the Vancouver Maritime Museum gets the book.

This initiative will help the W.B and M.H. Chung Library and a local bookstore, which doubles the impact of  your generous gift. 

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

Schedule of Fees 

Photocopies: $0.50/page
Colour laser photocopies: $1.00/page
Scans (digital copies in PDF format of records): $2.00/page
*Prices are based on letter size (8.5 x 11") paper

Scanning fee (charged if image is not currently digitized): $20.00/image
Digital image is emailed or sent using a file-sharing program (up to 11" x 14" @ 300 DPI): $25.00/image
Digital audio or video copies: $50.00/file
*Custom digital order and high-resolution images may cost extra

Digital phograph(s) of artifact by curator: $40.00/artifact

Print publications (magazine, newsletter, report, book, website): $30.00/image
Television broadcast, films: $120.00/image
News media: no charge

A fee may be charged for detailed reference inquiries that require the librarian to spend more than 30 minutes working on a specific request: $40.00/hour
*1 hour minimum charge

Subject to availability
Orders are processed within 10 business days of receipt: 100% surcharge

Prices vary based on volume/size of order
Handling fee applies to large mail orders and oversized reproductions
*Visit the Canada Post website for current prices for shipping and postage

5% GST applies to all purchases from the museum whether the purchaser is a Canadian resident or not. Taxes are payable on all user fees. Custom orders using a third-party vendor are subject to both GST and PST (12%)

Orders are porcessed within 30 business days of receipt. Smaller orders may be competed in 7 to 10 days. Orders requiring special hanndling such as charts and other oversized documents, panoramas and large orders may require more time to process; rates are determined by third-party vendor. 

Prices are subject to change without notice.  Email archives@vanmaritime for details.

Contact us

(604) 257-8300



Monday - Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Statutory Holidays (excluding Christmas): 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


1905 Ogden Ave.
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1A3

CRA# 119261147 RR0001

Board of Trustees