Walter Draycott Library


Unit 211 – 12837 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC (see map below); located at the north end of the middle driveway

Cross streets of 128th Street and 76th Avenue in Surrey – northeast corner.


Check upcoming events for scheduled closures. The Library is normally closed from mid-December to early January.


Library Administrator at library @


604 502 9119

Map and Directions to the BCGS Library and Resource Centre

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library and Resource Centre:

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library and Resource Centre: The Library is named after Walter Draycott, a past member who made a sizable donation towards establishment of the Library in the early 1990s. The Society was able to purchase the current building in 1996 and provide a permanent space for the its genealogical collection which now includes over 16,000 books, magazines, maps and other printed materials and one of the largest in the province.

The BCGS Library and Resource Centre has well over 16,000 worldwide publication titles, plus numerous census records on microformats, tapes and CDs, and several unique research resources for British Columbia and also for Quebec and Sweden. The Library also houses the collection of the Vancouver Branch of the United Empire Loyalists.


Access to the Library by members of the Society is free. Members are asked to sign in. Member-related meetings should be scheduled through the Library Administrator.

FamilySearch Affiliation

The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is a FamilySearch Family History Library Affiliate library. Although you can no longer order films from the FHL, some digitized images cannot be opened at home but can be seen at the BCGS library due to our affiliate status. Some images however are only accessible still from Family Search facilities.

Before you visit the BCGS Walter Draycott Library

Read the Welcome to the BCGS Library brochure (printable,double
sided PDF).  You can email bcgs @ for a pdf copy.


The Library has 4 parking spaces available for use. During the day, parking elsewhere in the complex is fully reserved and there is little street parking. More parking is available evenings and weekends as a few businesses are closed. A notice on the dashboard is recommended and a limited number are available from the Library.  A copy of the notice is available in the members section.


The Library is staffed by knowledgeable and experienced volunteers who will help members and visitors with their research, both onsite and with the available computers. Volunteers are not asked to carry out research; however, there is a list of members who are prepared to do so, on a pay-for-service basis.


Visitors are welcome and will be asked to sign in at the reception desk. A small daily fee of $5.00 is due on entry, which may be applied to a membership if taken out on the same day. Group visits should be arranged in advance; please contact the Library Administrator.

Food and drink

There is a lunchroom at the Library and restaurants nearby.