Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Westcoast Early Learning Library (WELL)

Resource Library for Early Childhood Educators, ECE Students and Caregivers

The ECE curriculum library at Westcoast houses British Columbia’s most comprehensive, publicly accessible collection of materials related to early childhood education and care. Our collection of nearly 12,000 items includes a broad range of materials which support anti-bias education and recognize the human and cultural diversity around us.  It also features a range of topics from ECE theory and practice to program planning, child care administration and more. 

The WELL is open to Early Childhood Educators, ECE students, caregivers, parents and all who are interested in quality early learning and care.

Other helpful libraries include: The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) Resource Collection and the Decoda Literacy Library.

Library Lending Policies

Find out more about our library lending policies including duration of loans, library card fees and more below:

  • The Westcoast Early Learning Library card fee is $20 per year.
  • Limit of 15 Items out at any one time.
  • The loan period is 4 weeks.
  • You may renew once for an additional 4 weeks if there are no holds on the item.
  • All materials must be returned to the Westcoast Early Learning Library, located at 2772 East Broadway.
  • Our after-hours return box is located at 2774 East Broadway (next door, in front of ECEBC). Please do not force large and/or fragile items into the box. They may be returned to Westcoast reception during regular office hours, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Please return items in the same condition they were in when you borrowed them.
  • Personal items returned in library packages will be discarded or repurposed.
  • You may want to clean infant and toddler materials before use. Items should be returned clean and dry. Infant and toddler packages include cleaning instructions.
  • Please check the contents of each package borrowed before you use it to ensure it is complete and in good condition. Report any missing or damaged items within 48 hours to avoid paying replacement fees.
  • Fines are $.25 per item per day.
  • Lost items must be replaced or paid for within 30 days. Borrowers may replace missing pieces themselves (used, good quality replacements are fine), however, staff reserve the right to refuse inferior replacement pieces.
  • Replacement Costs:
    1. A $20 admin fee will be charged on top of the value of lost or damaged items such as books, CDs and DVDs, puppets, puzzles, games, etc. Admin fees and fines will be waived for borrowers who replace missing items themselves rather than paying for them.
    2. Lost packaging: please return items in the same packaging you borrowed them in. We charge $10 per missing bag or container.
    3. Missing pieces: once returned, each package is counted, dated, and initialed to indicate it is complete before it is re-shelved. Please count each item before returning and replace any pieces you may have damaged or misplaced. We charge $5 per missing piece (excluding puzzles which must be completely replaced), except where the value of the piece exceeds $5.

Please help us maintain our library by:

  • Keeping the floors and walkways clear
    • Someone could trip and fall if resources are left on the floor
  • Keeping the materials and toys in their packages until you get them home
    • The best way to ensure you are taking a complete resource home with you is to keep all the pieces in the package while you are in the library
  • Thank you for supervising your children at all times

Borrowing Limits

There is a total limit of 15 items. New borrowers may take 10 items.  The loan period is 4 weeks and 1 renewal of 4 additional weeks. Ask in the library for more information about specific limitations by resource collections.

Library Resources

Click on the thumbnails below to view examples of resources available through WELL.

  • Young Children Magazine for ECD Professionals
  • Board Books for Young Children
  • Variety of Books For Children
  • Resources on early childhood play
  • Books for ECD Professionals
  • WELL Babies in Basket
  • WELL Sea Life Puppets
  • WELL Resource Kit - Multicultural Look At Families
  • Inclusiveness and Acceptance Kit
  • wooden puzzles for young children
  • One Tiny Turtle - Kit at WCCRC's Library
  • Musical instruments available at the WELL
  • Multicultural-dolls.jpg
  • felt board story - planets
  • Lady Bugs - Felt Board Items at the WELL
  • Boo Hoo felt board story
  • Good Night Owl Big Book
  • Hourglass timer
  • Coloured scarves in buckets at WELL
  • Library resource kits at the WELL
  • Shoes From Various Countries
  • early childhood development toys
  • Day Care or Preschool room inspiration
  • Labyrinth Game
  • Blocks at the Library
  • Books In The Westcoast Early Learning Library
  • Light Table Ideas for Play

Group Tours & Orientations

The Westcoast Early Learning Library (WELL) offers tours and orientations to help your work group or class become more familiar with our services and resources. 

WELL Tour

  • information about what the WELL has to offer
  • Learn how to navigate the library catalogue
  • Explore Resources that can enrich your practice
  • Enjoy the free time to explore the library after the presentation
  • Duration 20 to 30min

WCCRC Orientation

  • Learn about Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre's programs and services
  • Customize the orientation for your specific group needs for example students or community members.
  • Duration 20 to 30min

Combine the WELL tour and the Westcoast orientation for a total of 40-60 minutes.

To book a tour and/or an orientation please contact the library by email at: library@wstcoast.org