UNiTE_Logo_E_0_0The United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women has declared the 25th of each month #OrangeDay. This month they are calling for all girls to have access to violence-free education.

Are you involved in initiatives to improve the safety of girls at and on the way to and from school? Share them @SayNo_UNiTE. Find out what you can do to make schools safe for girls at http://owl.li/mlJkg


In support of the upcoming International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), this Orange Day, the UNiTE campaign will highlight ‘Safe Schools for Girls’.

What can you do?

Whether you are on campus for a day or an hour, the Library has much for you to discover. Our collections include nearly 6.5 million items – but we offer a whole lot more as well. From the exceptional Chung Collection exhibition, to artwork in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to notable viewing spots, there is something for everyone at UBC Library.

Come explore the life of the Library!


The Chung Collection Exhibition

Step into Canada’s past and view thousands of artifacts chronicling early B.C. history, immigration and settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The Chung Collection exhibition is free and open to visitors year round. Can’t make it in person? Visit the collection online.

Rare Books and Special Collections
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 1
1961 E. Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

Image of boat model

Photo credit: Martin Dee


Special collections

While you’re in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, check out our Rare Books and Special Collections. Some of our notable offerings include:


Great Reads collection

You don’t have to focus only on research to enjoy and experience the Library. The Great Reads program offers leisure-reading materials ranging from Canadiana to popular fiction. Visit the collection at Koerner Library, Woodward Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or browse the shelf online. If you visit the collection in Koerner, be sure to grab a cozy spot next to the fireplace.

Fireplace at Koerner Library

Koerner Lbrary’s fireplace on Level 3 is a cozy spot to read. Photo credit: Martin Dee.


Artwork in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Glass plates

A sandblasted glass chandelier with inspiration from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Two hundred multi-coloured plates, covering nearly 60 feet of wall space. These are just two examples of the treasures in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Indeed, the building itself inspires a sense of wonder – and the beautiful artwork inside it will take your breath away. From local artist John Nutter to First Nations artist Brent Sparrow Jr., artwork awaits you on every floor of the Barber Centre.




If you want to catch up with some news from around the world, enjoy our latest selection of newspapers: daily, weekly and monthly print newspapers in Asian Library, David Lam Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Koerner Library and Xwi7xwa Library. A selection of online-only newspapers are available at: guides.library.ubc.ca/newspapers

If you also want to check out what happened in British Columbia decades ago – visit the B.C. Historical Newspapers collection and catch a glimpse of yester-year.


The Richards Buell Sutton Reading Room in the Law Library, Allard Hall

The Library offers many silent and quiet study areas. The Law Library, however, offers studying with an impressive view. The two-storey reading room – part of the beautiful Allard Hall, which opened in September 2011 – faces the north end of campus and overlooks Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.

Law Library reading room

Photo credit: Don Erhardt


The Ridington Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Students studying in the Ridington Room

Photo credit: Martin Dee

 If you want a place to study history, take in the sights and see stunning art – the Ridington Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is for you. The two-storey reading room (named after John Ridington, UBC’s first University Librarian) features a 45-panel glass sculpture from artist John Nutter, etched with compasses. The spiral staircase offers visitors a chance to study at tables, lounge in chairs or catch a better look at the artwork. The walls are adorned with portraits of former UBC Presidents, inspiring the students of today to remember their past.

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Dr. Geertje Boschma and Dr. Margery Hawkins of the UBC’s School of Nursing  

“History, geography and ethics of health worker migration in Canada”

October 9, 2013 – 1.00PM to 2.00PM at the Tommy Douglas Library at the Burnaby Public Library (BPL)

Presented by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library, the Health Information Series is an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.  Hosted by the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas Branch Library and in collaboration with the Multicultural Helping House, Dr. Geertje Boschma and Margery Hawkins will be giving an important presentation that explores issues of health worker migration through examining the history, geography, and ethics of international recruitment and migration of health workers to Canada, and focusing on the experiences of registered nurses from the Philippines who have migrated to Canada. During the past few decades the migration of Filipino nurses to Canada has considerably expanded, with nurses from the Philippines making up the largest group of all immigrant nurses in the Canadian workforce.  What are the implications of these trends for the healthcare community?  Come join us as Dr. Boschma informs us in her latest research findings.


Geertje Boschma leads a research program on the history of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing. Her current studies include historical analyses of the development of mental health services and the transition to community mental health in BC. She explores the ways nurses, other health professionals, clients, and families have experienced this change and have contributed to the development of community services. Furthermore, she conducts a study on the history of general hospital psychiatry and is a co-investigator on a pan-Canadian comparative study of deinstitutionalization and community mental health. Master’s and Doctoral students are involved in her program. Her research aims to add to the understanding of change in health care and nursing’s professional identity.

Dr. Margery Hawkins, PhD (Nursing), completed her dissertation on the experiences of nurses from the Philippines seeking RN licensing and employment in Canada. This talk is in partnership with the Multicultural Helping House Society.

Please register online at: https://boschma.eventbrite.ca to ensure a seat.

Tommy Douglas Library (7311 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5E 1G8)  


helping house




UBC is suspending classes today, September 18th, so that faculty, students, and staff can participate in the first day of the Vancouver National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  The National Event runs September 18th-21st at the Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings Park, Vancouver.

More information: Purpose | What People Are Doing | Get Involved | Events | Ideas | Resources | Health Supports

It takes something of major significance like the TRC National Event for the University to suspend classes.  Past interruptions to University programmes, however, have been in response to major crises rather than in conjunction with a significant scheduled event.  In the fall of 1918, classes were suspended for five weeks due to the Spanish Influenza epidemic; in addition, all extra-curricular activities were cancelled, and many facilities at the old Fairview campus were converted into hospital wards for flu patients.  During the Second World War, fuel shortages which restricted the use of cars by students forced the closure of UBC and cancellation of classes for five days in January 1943.

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