Out on the Shelves Library @ QMUNITY

We’re here to serve you!

The Out on the Shelves Library offers a diverse and constantly growing collection of queer materials—and all of them can be borrowed for free! Whether you’re interested in curling up with a hardboiled lesbian detective novel or thumbing through the memoirs of your favourite queer luminary, we can help you out. Check out what we have to offer:

• More than 3500 LGBTQ books! Our collection covers fiction, poetry, history, theory, biographies, religion, self-help and much more!

• Almost 200 LGBTQ DVDs! We have classics, recent titles and even some television shows for you to binge-watch at your leisure.

• A quiet, cozy space where you can read and study in peace.

• A beautiful, inviting room with a lot of natural light in which to hold your queer group’s meetings. Contact volunteer services ([email protected]) to discuss bookings.

• Answers to your queer-related questions from one of our friendly and fabulous librarians!

Feel free to swing by and say hello!

Connect with us Online

Search our  Catalogue

Look at our Tumblr 

Check out our Library Wish List

Suggest materials for us to acquire by emailing: [email protected]


Monday – 12:00 – 6:00pm

Tuesday – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday – 12:00pm- 6:00pm

Saturday, Sunday and holidays – Closed


Borrowing materials requires a FREE QMUNITY Library card that can be acquired during your visit.

You’ll also be able to register your own personal library account, which can be viewed online at library.qmunity.ca, where you can view a summary of your current loans, keep track of your reading history and more!


Check out our Library Wish List

We welcome donations of queer-related books, magazines, and DVDs that are in good condition and published after 2005, with exceptions made for content that has historical value to the queer community. Donations are accepted at the discretion of librarians, and may be refused. Please donate during library hours of operation. Thanks for your generosity!

Specialty Donations

Queer material (especially pamphlets, memorabilia, periodicals, artifacts) of any age with local- or BC-interest might be valuable to the BC Gay & Lesbian Archives. Email Ron Dutton for more information.

Conditions of acceptance

Generally, donors are responsible for bringing material to QMUNITY. Once donated, that material becomes property of QMUNITY. QMUNITY will determine how best to use the material, and reserves the right to refuse, sell, or give-away anything that is ultimately deemed unsuitable for our collection.

Other ways to give

Volunteer with the Out on the Shelves Library Team!  Be part of the volunteer team that works in the library or join one of our outreach and library promotion groups! The library relies on generous donations of time and talents to make it work and serve the whole community! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]

If you would like to add to our collection, but do not have anything to donate, QMUNITY welcomes cash donations and tax receipts are available.

Overdue Materials

Overdue and unreturned materials prevent other patrons from borrowing these shared resources. We take the steps below to ensure that items are returned.

Overdue notices will be sent to patrons via email and/or phone (patron may choose which of the two options they prefer).

Items may be renewed a maximum of three (3) times.

Items that are over three (3) weeks overdue are considered lost. The Out on the Shelves Library reserves the right to charge a fine to replace lost, stolen, or damaged items. To replace a lost or damaged item, a minimum fee of $5/ paperback, $7/ hardcover, $5/ DVD disc will apply.

Contact Information

The Out on the Shelves Library is located at Qmunity, BC’s Queer Resource Centre, at 1170 Bute St., Vancouver, BC.

To contact us, email [email protected] or phone 604-684-5307, ext. 104