Rendering of Library PARC

Library PARC rendering courtesy of DGBK Architects


UBC Library is pleased to introduce Library Preservation and Archives – aka Library PARC – a modular storage facility that is being built to accommodate the future growth of our collections.

Very low circulation items from the Library’s collections will be relocated to Library PARC, freeing up physical space at branches for other uses – including student and research services, study spaces and informal learning areas, multimedia labs, scholarly exchanges and more. The Library is consulting widely with faculties and departments across campus to help it select materials for storage and develop effective policies.

Library PARC will be located at UBC Vancouver’s South Campus (in the Research Precinct); construction is scheduled for completion by spring 2015.

Four people at groundbreaking

Last month, the Library celebrated a groundbreaking for Library PARC. In attendance on this special occasion were, from left, Rue Ramirez, Associate University Librarian; Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; David Farrar, UBC Provost and Vice President Academic; and Melody Burton, Deputy University Librarian.

The groundbreaking was an excellent way to kick off this innovative and ambitious project. Read more about Library PARC, and stay tuned for regular updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the project, please contact Rue Ramirez.

As you might have heard we’ve been planning on expanding into a new space for several months. It finally happened on Friday, and we’re mostly moved in now!


Here’s the room we’re moving into. I wish we’d taken some photos when it was just a vast empty white room before the carpet was installed.



Here are the computers that we use with our ATIZ scanners. We took them off while moving things.


Here are the ATIZ scanners being prepared for the move. I had no idea they even folded down like this!


We put them on carts to move them.


Adjusting the tables in the new room.


And here they are with the scanners and computers set up!


We’re planning on having some more computers on the other side of the room, but so far there’s just the one.


So what’s going to go in the vast empty space that held the ATIZ scanners?


Our TTI scanner!


Putting dollies under the TTI so we can slowly roll it across the floor.


It barely fit between the pillar and the desks. We had one inch of space to spare!



It actually brushed against one of the lights. So close!




And done! There’s lots more space over on this side of the office now.


Plus we were able to move one of our scanners over to where the TTI was and install a white board on the wall. So many changes!

Remote Community Based Learning Fund Details

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are pleased to offer funding to faculty members creating remote community based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland.

  • Click here to learn more about this fund, apply now, or see past fund recipients.
  • Or check out this overview RCBLF-onepager-v4 (PDF).

Apply Now

Applications are now welcomed on a rolling basis. You will be notified of the results of your application 2-3 weeks from submission. Please note that there is $30,000.00 in funding to be awarded in total.

For further information, or to submit your proposal, please contact Rebecca Kindiak, Manager of Community Based Experiential Learning at 604-822-6133 or

Faculty are invited to apply for up to $5000 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in remote locations
  • Community events related to student projects
  • (ex: catering or venues for consultation)
  • Events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CBEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded.

Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment.

Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a remote community partner.

Faculty members interested in accessing these funds should provide a brief (1-2 page) proposal including the following sections:

  1. Introduction: Provide a brief overview of your course, describe the community organization you are partnering with, the priorities they identify, and the nature and goals of the student projects. Note: if you have received these funds in the past, please articulate how this project differs from the previous year.
  2. Community as Co-Educators: Describe your relationship with the community partner, their capacity to act as a co-educator of UBC students, and the commitment they have offered to support the project (e.g. staff time, use of facilities etc).
  3. Learning Objectives: Offer a summary of the learning objectives for the remote project, and how they link to the wider learning objectives for your course.
  4. Budget: Please provide an itemized budget for the requested funding.

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