RBSC tours poster imageHave you ever been curious about what we do or what we have at RBSC? Join our weekly tour of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of British Columbia Library for an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections. Tours are free and open to the general public, as well as the UBC community. No need to RSVP, just drop in to learn what RBSC is all about!

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1st floor
1961 East Mall, UBC Vancouver campus

For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

Winter weather conditions

UBC Vancouver library locations will be closed on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 due to winter weather conditions.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building will remain open, however, service points will be closed.

Please refer to UBC.ca for additional updates.

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[Two women and a man holding walking sticks on snow]. CC-PH-04319.

Due to the current and expected extreme weather conditions, the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room will be closed on Wednesday, January 15. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Check the RBSC website tomorrow for information about open hours on Thursday, January 16.

A number of architectural plans and drawings of UBC Vancouver Campus are housed in the UBC Archives. They document the evolution and growth of the campus. In this post, we pair a few sketches with the photographs of buildings on campus from the UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Woodward Library

UBC 3.1/1234-1, Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963

UBC 41.1/1714-5, P.A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, 1974

Woodward Library is connected to the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (IRC) and can only be accessed from inside the Woodward IRC building. It specializes in Engineering, Forestry, Health & Medicine, Land & Food Systems, and Science. It was originally called Woodward Biomedical Library – the name changed in 2009.

UBC 3.1/1234-3, Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963

Charles Woodward Memorial Room, 2018

The sketch above depicts the Charles Woodward Memorial Room. On the wall, there is a tapestry showing the Masters of Spirit, and plaques listing pioneer physicians of British Columbia. The room is open for silent study. (Source: UBC Wiki)

Museum of Anthropology

UBC 1.1/15690, Artist’s sketch of the interior of the Great Hall, Museum of Anthropology, 1974

UBC 41.1/1433-2, Museum of Anthropology, 1978

Place Vanier residences

Place Vanier is a residence for the first and second year students. It consists of 12 houses that were constructed between 1959 (Robson House) and 2003 (Tec de Monterrey-UBC House), with most being built in the 1960s. (Source: UBC Wiki)

UBC 1.1/14220-2, Architectural drawings of Place Vanier residences, 1958

UBC 1.1/14220-3, Architectural drawings of Place Vanier residences, 1958

UBC 41.1/1619-4, Place Vanier residences, 1979

Thea Koerner House (Graduate Student Centre)

The Thea Koerner House was donated to UBC by Leon J. Koerner in 1961 in memory of his wife. It won the Massey Gold Medals for Architecture in 1961 as an outstanding piece of Canadian architecture. (Source: University Archives)

UBC 41.1/2571, Thea Koerner House sketch, [date unknown]

UBC 128.1/210, Plaza and “Transcendence” sculpture in front of Graduate Student Centre, [between 1990 and 1999]

Neville Scarfe Building

The Neville Scarfe Building is located at the south-west corner of Main and University Boulevard. The Faculty of Education and the Education Library are in this building. It was built in 1962.

UBC 1.1/2489, Artist’s sketch of Scarfe building, [between 1960 and 1969]

UBC 1.1/1433, Scarfe building, [between 1960 and 1969]

Old Student Union Building

The Old Student Union Building (SUB) is located in the Campus Heart on East Mall between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard. It opened in 1968. After the AMS moved to the Nest in 2015, the Old SUB was renovated and reused as the Life Building. (Source: Campus + Community Planning)

UBC 1.1/1644, Sketch of proposed Student Union Building, 1966

UBC 105.1/175, Student Union Building, [between 1970 and 1979]

This photo above was taken from the south of the life building, now the NEST.

UBC 41.1/2299, Students on lawn outside Student Union Building [between 1970 and 1979]

We hope you enjoyed the post! To explore more architectural drawings and plans of the Vancouver Campus, please check out Campus Plans and Main Library Architectural Drawings in UBC Archives.

Update January 15, 2020, 4:45 p.m.: Elevators in UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are temporarily out of service for repairs. 

Visitors to the building with mobility issues are asked to contact Campus Security at 604-822-2222 for assistance getting to upper floors.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K840 .B37 2019
Darina Bashilova Ouimet, A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-jurisdictional Procurement Contracts (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3904 .E98 2019
Amissi Melchiade Manirabona & Yenny Vega Cárdenas, eds., Extractive Industries and Human Rights in an Era of Global Justice: New Ways of Resolving and Preventing Conflicts (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1679 .F84 2019
Robert Fuller, Donald Buckingham & Bob Scriven, Agriculture Law in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE2114.A13 .G65
Alan D. Gold , Defending Drinking, Drugs and Driving Cases 2019 (Scarborough: Carswell, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE2714.D4 D45 2019
Michael Hadskis, Leah Hutt & Mary McNally, eds., Dental Law in Canada, 3rd ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4238 .L39 2018
Joanna Baron & Maxime St-Hilaire, Attacks on the Rule of Law from Within (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4420 .H34 2019
Sheryl N. Hamilton & Sandra Robinson, Law’s Expression: Communication, Law and Media in Canada, 2nd ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE7722.C5 C47 2019
Gordon Christie, Canadian Law and Indigenous Self-Determination: A Naturalist Analysis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019)
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=10129432

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEO798 .S576 2019
Taryn Sirove, Ruling Out Art: Media Art Meets Law in Ontario’s Censor Wars (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=10062223

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .L398 2019
Terrill Pollman, Judith M. Stinson & Elizabeth Pollman, Legal Writing, 3rd ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE1162 .B47 2019
Ulf Bergquist et al., The EU Regulations on Matrimonial and Patrimonial Property (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Visit feline and canine themed exhibits at multiple branches of the library throughout January and February.

Date, time & location: Thu, Jan 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Xwi7xwa Library, Seminar Room (Rm 206)


Details: Confused about citing references or just need a refresher? If so, then this free workshop is for you. Xwi7xwa Library is offering Citation Basics Workshop, where participants will learn the fundamentals of formatting in-text citations and references/bibliography lists in APA, MLA and Chicago styles for class assignments and papers. We’ll also cover how to cite Elders and Knowledge Keepers. You’ll get a citation resources guide at the end of the session. No previous knowledge of citing is necessary and all levels of technology skills will be happily accommodated. Please contact us at (604) 822-8738 or xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca with any questions.


Registration: Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Register using this link: https://forms.gle/5htTyrqJbR63KbhTA

Indigenous Archival Resources Awareness Day

When: Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Join a team of librarians, archivists, faculty, and outreach colleagues for a session to explore resources available for the research and teaching of Indigenous studies and history at UBC. Participants will learn about resources and services at the Xwi7xwa Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and beyond, and will have a chance to get hands on with physical resources available through UBC Library. The discussion will include case studies of using the resources in teaching, ideas for using them in future research and instruction, and ethical considerations of using this material.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to chelsea.shriver@ubc.ca<mailto:chelsea.shriver@ubc.ca 

UBC Library Changes to hours

UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be closed on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Due to a water leak, the heating system has been turned off. No library materials have been damaged or are in danger.


The building is scheduled to re-open on Friday, January 10 at 6 a.m. for regular operating hours.

The following classrooms will be closed for cleanup work January 9 – 12 inclusive:

Closed: Lecture theatre 182. Rooms 155, 156, 157, 158, 185, 192, 193 and 194.

Room 191 and the lecture theatre lobby flooring will require restoration work beyond January 12.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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