Construction and demolition work will begin in the Asian Library on Thursday, May 2.

Access to the upper floor of the Library will remain restricted. Essential items in the library’s collection have been relocated to the lower floor to facilitate use, while all other material has been moved off-site and will be inaccessible for the duration of the construction.

Room bookings for meeting rooms will be suspended due to noise transfer to the rooms throughout construction.

The renovation, which is expected to be completed in the late Fall of 2019 will allow for better service delivery, study spaces, and programming spaces for the Asian Library as well as several improvements for the collection.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve spaces and services for faculty, students and the community.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Shirin Eshghi, Head, Asian Library.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be closed from Friday, December 28 through Saturday, December 29, 2018 due to a health and safety requirement while the fire alarm control panels are replaced, as part of scheduled maintenance.

The building is expected to reopen at 6 a.m. on Sunday, December 30, 2018.


David Lam Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons (CLC) will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 as the UBC Sauder building will be closed for the holidays.

On December 24, limited support will remain available from staff and librarians at David Lam and CLC via email during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by contacting Irene Trebic ( or Kimberly Fama (

The Library is expected to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.

Rendering of the Chapman Learning Commons renovations.


The Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) on Level 3 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be closed for renovations starting Wednesday, December 19, 2018. The Lillooet and Dodson Rooms will not be available to book during this time.

There will be no changes in access to the Music, Art, and Architecture Library and the CLC Help Desk.

The space is expected to reopen in late February / early March, following the midterm break (February 18-22).

Please refer to the Library Hours & Locations to make alternative plans.


The Koerner and Education libraries will be closed Saturday, June 9. Both libraries will reopen on Monday June 11 at 7:30 a.m. (Koerner Library) and 8 a.m. (Education Library) respectively.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.


Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives - located on the lower level of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - will be open today (Wednesday, September 4). They had been temporarily closed due to facilities issues. All other branches are also open for use.

Thank you for your patience, and welcome back to UBC Library! 


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