The Vancouver City Archives has completed the digitization of the Pender Guy Audio and it is now available in the archives. Pender Guy ran on Vancouver Co-operative Radio from 1976 to 1981 with its focus on themes surrounding Chinese-Canadian identity.

To read more about the Pender Guy Audio Radio Collective fond, click here. The Pender Guy Audio Radio Collective fonds was digitized with support from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through its BC History Digitization Program.

For more information about the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects, click here.

The DTES RAP provides access to research and research-related materials relevant to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through an easy-to-use public interface.
Beginning September 8, 2020, UBC Library will provide bookable study space for students, faculty and staff in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Monday through Saturday. This space will include access to desktop computers, printing and scanning and be organized to ensure safe physical distancing at all times. Study space must be reserved online. Masks are encouraged.


The Community Scholars Program (CSP) provides BC non-profits and charitable organizations with free access to academic journals and research related to their fields.

Many of the 170,000 non-profits and charitable organizations in Canada are doing critical work on social issues but most have little or no access to academic journals or research unless they are affiliated with a university. CSP provides BC organizations with access to more than 20,000 academic titles at no cost. In addition, the program provides research support, consultations with libraries, communities of practice through workshops and journal clubs.

UBC Library, through the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, joins SFU Library, Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University as a Community Scholars partner to share involvement in the program with their non-profit networks. During UBC’s one year sponsorship (from June 2020 to May 2021) there will be limited placements available for qualifying organizations that are referred to the program by the UBC. If you have a UBC affiliation and would like to recommend an organization or for more information please contact Kristen Wong ( or Aleha McCauley (

Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, all UBC Library branches will remain closed until April 30, 2020 at which time the situation will be reassessed. This includes libraries at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
Did you know that UBC Library's Irving K. Barber Learning Center launched the Small Business Accelerator ten years ago in 2010? A lot has changed since then so we are inviting your feedback in a survey running most of March 2020. Do you live in Canada and use or refer people to If so, please share your opinions with us! Survey is open until March 25, 2020.
The Wild Ride: In and Out of Years and Over a Century of Picturebooks is a chronological look at the evolution of the picturebook, one of the important literary art forms to emerge from the 20th Century. This exhibit is on display in IKBLC on the Level 2 foyer from March 4 through May 30, 2020.
Gather with students, faculty, staff and the broader UBC community on March 11 to learn, engage and discuss bold actions about how UBC can combat the climate emergency.

Current Local Safety Team (January 2020)

Name Department Contact

Julie Mitchell

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Pouneh Naderi

Music, Art and, Architecture Library

Laura Ferris

Digitization Centre

Hiller Goodspeed


Serena Gibbons


Arts One/CAP

Emma MacFarlane

Kelsi Proux

Chapman Learning Commons

Kristen Wong

Community Engagement

Sharon Lim

Ilia Starr


Sandy Abah


Rob Stickles

Music, Art, and Architecture 3rd Floor

Rhona McElwain

Music, Art, and Architecture Library 4th Floor

Shirkey Lau

Ike’s Café

Alicia Munro

Kajsa Moore

Library Administration & Facilities


Library Collection Storage Services

Sam Miller

Library Human Resources

Lucia Balabuk

Science One/CSP


The UBC Library exhibition explores the stories of the men and women who collected, recorded and brought forth evidence of the atrocities of Auschwitz, giving testimony of the events that took place there. The exhibit runs until February 28 on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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