The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Consulado General de México en Vancouver are pleased to bring to UBC campus this unique exhibition from Yucatán, México as part of the city’s celebration of Mexico Fest 2014.  Located in Southeastern Mexico, on the north part of the Yucatán Peninsula, Yucatán is bordered by the states of Campeche to the southwest, Quintana Roo to the southeast and the Gulf of Mexico lies off its north coast.

In Yucatan there are more than 150,000 people who in one form or another make their living from Arts and Crafts mostly by participating in their production or comercialization. In a population of 1,900,000 inhabitants, we are looking at almost 8% of the population being dependant on Arts and Crafts. Aside from their economic contribution, this promotes and maintains local culture.

For the Department for Visual Arts of the Ministry for Culture and Yucatan Arts, this exhibition represents an opportunity to share and spread the important work of the Yucatan artisans.  Arts and Crafts, embroidery, goldsmithing and wood carving are cultural expressions that significantly contribute to the cultural identity of the people of Yucatan. There is nothing more emblematic about this state than the “hipil” (dress), a “terno” (three piece suit) or woven hammock. The study of these objects helps us better understand the history of Yucatan, its natural resources and above all; the different habits and traditions that make up the everyday lives of these people.

For more information about this exhibition, please contact Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian at the UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

NewspaperDirect Library PressDisplay contains “more than 2,000 titles from 100 countries in 60 languages, in a format that looks just like the familiar print edition. You can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire backfile.  Content includes current newspapers from Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S.”

Newspaper Image: NS Newsflash and used here with Creative Commons license.

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UBC Library is in the process of transitioning from the use of special purpose copy cards, to a one card system. Faculty, students, and staff who wish to make photocopies or print documents from the library will use their UBCcard.

The Pay for Print service requires an activated UBCcard account. You can do this at There is also a link labeled “Add Funds – UBCcard” at Access is via your CWL username and password.

Anyone who would like reimbursement for funds left on an old copy card should go to the reception desk in the Library Administration office on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, during office hours.

For more information, contact a staff member at the Circulation Desk.

Tremaine-Arkley-Croquet-web We’re excited to announce that the second phase of our Arkley Croquet Collection digitization project has been completed! The collection was donated to the library by Tremaine Arkley, a former player for the U.S. National Croquet Team, and we’ve been scanning paintings, illustrations, engravings, advertisements, photographs, and lots of other items depicting croquet! Here are a selection of some of our favourite (or you can check out the entire collection here, or some earlier images from the collection on Flickr). Croquet_Bay7A_0018

([A fan, depicting five women playing croquet])


([A rest from croquet])


(Jacques croquet mallets and requisites)


(Costumes de jeunes filles)

We’ve also redigitized all of the stereographs that were part of this collection, and every one of them now includes a 3D anaglyphic version of the image! Usually to see a stereograph in proper 3D you would need a special viewer, but now you can replicate the experience with simple red/blue 3D glasses. Here’s a previous blog post we did on this process. Croquet_Box8_0044

(Main Street)


LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K530 .I57 v. 6:7
Cornelius G. van der Merwe, Security in Immovables (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck / Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 2014.

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K530 .I57 v. 15
Matthew W. Finkin, Introduction: The Past and Future of Labor Law in Comparative Perspective

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE618 .Z54 2014
Bruce Ziff, Principles of Property Law, 6th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE8440 .S66 2014
Sidney N. Lederman, Alan W. Bryant & Michelle K. Fuerst, The Law of Evidence in Canada, 4th ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014).


Guest post by Elizabeth Simmons, Graduate Academic Assistant, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office

You’ve probably heard about Amazon’s new service that offers monthly subscribers unlimited access to eBooks on their Kindles.  Well, guess what? There are plenty of free, open access eBooks available online—you just have to know where to look!

Project Gutenberg is an amazing resource, with more than 45,000 free e-books available to everyone, anywhere, including many that you can download. Browse their list of Partners, Affiliates, and Resources for even more free e-books. Other resources include the Internet Archive and Open Library and Google Books.

UBC has eBooks too! Find them in the Library’s catalogue at: Click on “More Options” and you’ll be given the chance to limit search results to eBooks that are “Open Access for Everyone.” When limiting your search to eBooks available only to UBC faculty, staff, and students, you’ll gain access to a plethora of other eBooks.

Members of the UBC community are actively supporting open scholarship initiatives in the library and beyond, with the goal of “encouraging unrestricted access to research and scholarly publishing.” Learn more about them at UBC:  And, don’t miss Open UBC Week 2014 on October 28th & 29th, featuring open lectures, information sessions, workshops, and more!

Did You Know?

“The University creates and advances knowledge and understanding, and improves the quality of life through the discovery, dissemination, and application of research within and across disciplines”. – From UBC’s Research Excellence – Strategic Priorities

Above image is courtesy of Pixabay


Look for the Desk on the entry level, to the right of the staircase. In this transition period,  the Help Desk will be open weekdays from 10am to 5pm, but hours may change in September.

The IT Service Centre Help Desk offers walk-in support for many UBC services, including CWL and wireless configuration. For a complete list of  products and services, including current service hours for both in-person and telephone support, check the IT Services Products and Support page.

The Koerner Library Circulation Desk will continue to provide library services whenever Koerner Library is open.

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