Visit us for research help, to see our  collections, or to find a place to study. At Xwi7xwa Library everyone is welcome!


UTown@UBC hosts programs and services at UBC that support the needs of the campus community. Do you have an idea for a project that would foster community building and connectedness on campus or in the Musqueam community?



APPLY NOW for the UTown@UBC’s $1,000 Community Grant by February 10th! For more information, grant eligibility, and previous projects visit their site!



Interested in Indigenous Community Planning as a career? UBC offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). The program gives students the opportunity to complete an Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) concentration, to learn more visit the ICP site.


Already enrolled with SCARP and looking for resources? Here’s a few titles to get you started.

  1. Decolonizing Planning: Experiences with Urban Aboriginal Communities and First Nations edited by Ian Skelton. Find me at UBC Library!
  2. Vancouver Dialogues: First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities by Zool Suleman. Find me at UBC Library!
  3. Community-Based Development Planning in Native Communities: a Resource Book for Community Organizers by Art Napolean. Find me at UBC Library!

The Year of the Rat is approaching! Come and celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies as well as other UBC groups on Tuesday January 28 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You will also receive a small gift when signing out books!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Performances include lion dance, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, Korean games (Gonggi and Jegichagi), Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE.

In addition, the Asian Library will be featuring a display in the lobby area of Asian Centre from Jan 23 to Feb 8.  The display will highlight our collection as well as a few items from the Education Library, and will also include New Year decorations. Please stop by and take a look!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat!

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Light refreshments at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: C. K. Choi Building Room 120 (Conference Room)
Instructor: Mr. Kazunori Oryū

UBC Library is offering a basic Japanese paper conservation workshop by renowned conservator, Mr. Kazunori Oryū. Mr. Oryū has studied painting conservation at the studio of Oka Bokkōdō in Kyōto where he developed his skills and expertise working with Japanese cultural heritage items such as hanging scrolls, screens and books. He is a Conservation Consultant for private and public collections, and he provides preservation planning and preventive and conservation treatment service for paintings, heritage document and manuscript collections. He has lectured extensively in North America and Europe.

This workshop focuses on Japanese scroll mounting and bookbinding using Japanese restoration and conservation techniques. The workshop will incorporate lectures, demonstrations and practical work including handling of Japanese traditional materials. This is a valuable professional development opportunity for paper conservators as well as for artists, craftspeople, library and museum staff, and anyone interested in the Japanese book history.

Admissions is free, but registration is required. Please register here: Registration Link.

For more information, please contact Tomoko Kitayama Yen, Japanese Studies Librarian, at

Before the invention of the printing press, books were produced by hand. You can find examples of such manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries in the collection of Western Manuscripts and Early Printed Books.

[Bible], [between 1200 and 1299]

One of the oldest manuscript books in Open Collections is a Latin Bible from the 13th century. It was written and decorated in England, probably Oxford, by several hands. It includes Old and New Testaments (in 2 columns, 50 lines), Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum (in 3 columns, 50 lines), and an early owner’s near-contemporary concordance of the Gospels at the end of the volume, listing subjects and chapter numbers in a series of long tables. It also contains numerous 13th to 16th century additions (in margins) in pen or drypoint.

Old and New Testaments

Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum

Concordance of the Gospels

If you’re interested in learning more about this Bible, please check out this blog post.

[Book of hours], [between 1430 and 1440?]

The book of hours is a book of Christian prayers and devotions popular in the Middle Ages. It is the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript, decorated with plenty of miniatures, initials, and line-fillers. This manuscript was written and illuminated in Rouen, France, approximately 1430-1440. The leaf numbers made in pencil in the upper-right corner were from a previous owner.

Li dai jun jian  歷代君鑒, [1453]

China has been using woodblock technique for book printing since the 9th century (source: Wikipedia). In Open Collections, the oldest printed Chinese book is Li dai jun jian  歷代君鑒, a book about emperors in Chinese history.

The book was compiled by order of the Jingtai Emperor, the seventh Emperor of the Ming dynasty, China, who reigned from 1449 to 1457. When his elder brother Zhengtong Emperor was captured by Mongols in 1449, he was selected to succeed the throne. Jingtai Emperor asked his officials to compile a book of past emperors, both good and poor, so that he could draw lessons from the history. The book was issued in 1453. But unfortunately for him, only four years later, his elder brother managed to regain power. Jingtai died a month later at the age of 30. (Source: Wikipedia).

Handan 邯鄲, 1621

The oldest Chinese printed book with illustrations is Handan 邯鄲, a play written by Tang Xianzu. In the 17th century, watching plays was such popular entertainment that books of plays were in high demand. This book is a double-colour woodblock print. It has eight illustrations at the beginning, and a lot of comments printed in red and black in the margins.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post! To explore more rare books in Open Collections, please check out Western Manuscripts and Early Printed Books and Chinese Rare Books. You may also be interested in this research guide from UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections: UBC Vancouver Course Guides:  History of the Book.

The exhibit runs until February 28 on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


B5253 F68 S235 2019
사단 칠정론 으로 본 조선 성리학 의 전개 / 홍 원식 [and seven others] 지음

BL98.5 K36 2019
경합 하는 시민 종교들 : 대한 민국 의 종교학 / 강 인철 지음

DS913.35 .Y553 2019
500년 조선 왕조 비사 : 대한 제국 비사 / 이 강래 엮음

DS916.597 A1574 2019 v.1-5
3.1 운동 100년 / 한국 역사 연구회 3.1 운동 100주년 기획 위원회 엮음

HC467.965 H357 2019
한국 경제, 혼돈 의 성찰 : 저성장, 불안 의 시대 를 헤쳐 나갈 한반도 미래 전략 / 정 갑영 외 공저

P306.8 K6 P354 2019
번역 의 시대, 번역 의 문화 정치, 1945-1969 : 냉전 지(知) 의 형성 과 저항 담론 의 재구축 / 박 지영

PL952 S44 2019
세계 속 의 한국어 문학 연구 의 현황 과 과제 / 전남 대학교 BK21 플러스 지역어 기반 문화 가치 창출 인재 사업단.

PL977 H26 2019 v.1-2
한국 근대 희곡 전집 / 홍 창수 편 · 주석


DS753 F27 2019
重写晚明史 : 內憂與外患 / 樊树志著

DS799.652 W46 2019
漢人社會的形成 / 作者溫振華, 戴寳村

PL2274.5 L58 2018
20世纪初至60年代闽籍女作家翻译语言研究 : 基于语料库的考察 / 刘立香著

PL2471 Z6 R53 2018
日本江戶時代《論語》學之研究 / 張文朝主編

PL2732 E548 A6 2018 v.1-4
文廷式集 / 汪叔子编


BL2222.23 T26 2019
伊勢神宮と仏教 : 習合と隔離の八百年史 / 多田實道

DS824.5 S24 2019
皇位継承の中世史 : 血統をめぐる政治と内乱 / 佐伯智広

DS856.3 K388 2019
院政期武士社会と鎌倉幕府 / 川合康著

DS858 S28 2019
鎌倉幕府文書行政論 / 佐藤秀成著.

DS882.6 N348 2019
日本人の明治観をただす / 中塚明

HD914 Y66 2019
よみがえる荘園 : 景観に刻まれた中世の記憶 / 海老澤衷編

HN730 Z9 S61154 2019
近代日本の生活改善運動と<中流>の変容 : 社会教育の対象主体への認識をめぐる歴史的考察 / 久井英輔

HQ682 T2874 2019
核家族の解体と単家族の誕生 / 匠雅音

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 for additional updates.

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.

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 with any questions.


Registration: Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Register using this link:

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