First computer “bug,” an actual moth caught in the machinery of the Harvard Mark II computer, logged at 15:45 hours.

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** From MAA math blog

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established to gather testimony on survivors’ experiences of the Indian Residential Schools. From September 18 – 22, the Commission is holding its BC National Events in Vancouver. 

As part of this process, the UBC community is encouraged to attend, witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal cultures. UBC is suspending classes on September 18 to allow students, faculty and other members of the UBC community to participate in this historic event and other events around the city.

These events include an opening ceremony, public and private testimonials, film viewings, educational sessions, archival displays and more. 


The Library is contributing to the campus-wide initiative by highlighting Indian Residential Schools in different contexts.


image of postcard

Our online research guide on Indian Residential Schools in Canada is a good starting point for anyone wanting background information this important, and sensitive, part of Canada’s history. This research guide also highlights UBC’s Indian Residential School Initiative


Several library branches have put up exhibits and displays for the month of September, to highlight Aboriginal issues.

image of exhibit display


  • The Education Library display features DVDs and books related to the human rights abuses in the Canadian Indian residential school system and related Aboriginal issues (September).
  • The Koerner Library display features books related to Aboriginal issues (mid-September to end of September). 
  • The Asian Library display (pictured) features resources and media on Canadian Indian Residential schools, but from an Asian perspective (September 16 to 25).




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Sauder School of Business MBA student

September 2013

A lot has changed at UBC Library over the last 40 years. Buildings have been raised up and torn down, collections moved, technology revolutionized, and staff have come and gone. One thing has remained constant, however: our commitment to providing excellent services, spaces and collections for students, faculty, staff and community members.

We invite you to explore the following images as an illustration of where we’ve been, where we are now – and to imagine the possibilities of where the Library will be in the future!

 The Library’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab ensures that nobody need spread a map on the floor and stand on it ever again. The lab houses six workstations that allow users to manipulate data and produce graphic representations of the results in geographic settings. That may mean tracking changes in sea levels, displaying the complexities of overlapping territories in First Nations land claims, or analyzing movements of improvising modern dancers. 

Library staff examining map   Student researching maps

L-R:  Library staff examine a map of Vancouver, 1977; students in the GIS lab

Fewer card catalogues and more flexible study space greet visitors at the Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, located in the concourse of the former Main Library. Today, the Learning Commons provides tutoring, writing support and peer academic coaching services for undergraduate students.

Student in Main Library, 1973   Students studying in Chapman Learning Commons

L-R: card catalogues in the Main Library concourse, 1973; students study in the Chapman Learning Commons 

The learning tools available to UBC students studying at the Library have changed dramatically over the years. Computer hardware from 1973 provides a sharp contrast to the Mac computers currently available at several Library locations. 

Library computer, 1973   Student at computer

L-R: Library computer hardware, 1973; students at Mac workstations

Photos of Koerner and Sedgewick librariesBefore the gleaming glass walls of Koerner Library were raised, Sedgewick Library served as an active student hub with many notable architectural details. The original entrance is still visible today, looking across the garden plaza level. The recently renovated lounge and study area on the third level (main entrance) of Koerner Library includes a fireplace, computer lab, flexible seating and a popular reading collection. 

Clockwise from top left: Rhone & Iredale Architects skylight design, 1972; student study space in Sedgewick Library, 1973; entrance to Sedgewick Library, 1973; renovated lounge and study area in Koerner Library; main entrance, Koerner Library.

Spending hours flipping through card catalogues is a thing of the past. The renovated Garden Level at Woodward provides students with a space for collaborative work and quiet study. It features new computers, and is complemented by plenty of natural light and original art on the walls. 

Card_catalogue_at_Woodward_LibraryCROP   Students studying in Woodward Library

L-R: card catalogues at Woodward Library, 1971; students in the renovated Garden Level

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