Illustrations of Victoria BC from Souvenir British Columbia by the Canadian Department of Agriculture, 1885, and Souvenir of British Columbia: Views No. 1, printed by T.N. Hibben & Co., 1880 (respectively).


The full volumes and many other illustrated and photographic ”souvenirs” of early BC will be featured in the upcoming BC Bibliography digital collection.


Both images contributed to the collection by Simon Fraser University Library.

Malcolm Lowry‘s scribbled notes cover this specials menu from the restaurant “El Patate,” dated June 10th 1938.  Perhaps he ran out of napkins..


From UBC Rare Books and Special Collections’ Malcolm Lowry collection.


What goes on behind the scenes at UBC Library?

We take a look at a typical day in the Library and explore some of our most popular collections, places to study and things to learn. 

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Library Snapshot Day is a project organized by the American Library Association (ALA) in the United States.

Chinese Through the Americas Conference

UBC Library is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with the Ohio University Libraries, it will host the 5th WCILCOS International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies. The event will be held May 16-19 at UBC’s Point Grey campus, and will focus on “Chinese through the Americas.” More than 150 delegates from around the world will gather in Vancouver to present and discuss research topics and findings.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Henry Yu (Department of History, UBC) and Prof. Guotu Zhuang (Xiamen University). Conference presentations will be shared via UBC’s cIRcle.

This is the first time UBC has been invited to host the WCILCOS Conference, and the first time it has been hosted in Canada. Eleanor Yuen, Head of UBC’s Asian Library, has helped organize WCILCOS conferences since 2003.

On behalf of UBC Library, we extend a warm welcome to all WCILCOS attendees!




Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen has passed away at 83. Read The Vancouver Sun article here.

Article by Stephanie Griffith, Agence France-Presse May 8, 2012

© (c) The Vancouver Sun

Many of his books are available at the UBC Education library.

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