From the Vancouver Sun
The Library's Digitization Centre has helped UBC and CiTR archive a collection of radio clips from the 1940s and onwards.
Learn how the BC History Digitization Program, the UBC Library Digitization Centre, the UBC University Archives have contributed to this project in this Ubyssey article.

The Spring 2016 issue of UBC Library’s Friends newsletter includes updates on recent collection acquisitions, current exhibitions featuring book illustrations and BC historical photographs, and a look at our Open Collections portal.

The Friends newsletter keeps UBC Library’s broad community of supporters up to date on developments and is produced twice a year. Read past issues of Friends here.



Each May, Canadians commemorate Asian Heritage Month by recognizing and celebrating Asian Canadians’ rich contributions to our country. The public is invited to the Library at UBC’s Vancouver campus to experience multiple exhibitions and to explore our collections online and in-person!

Attend an exhibition:




The Changing Landscape: Views of Asian Settlement in British Columbia
May 9 – June 24, 2016

Level 2 foyer by Room 241, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

It’s About Time: A Retrospective of Asian Presence at UBC – an exhibit by UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program

May 2 – 31, 2016

Level 2 foyer, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

MEM: memory • memorial no. 7 scriptorium – a book art installation by Naomi Kasumi

March 15 – May 31, 2016

Asian Centre
1871 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection – a permanent exhibition with highlights from more than 25,000 rare and unique items on early BC history and Chinese immigration and settlement

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Room 110, Rare Books and Special Collection
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

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Portrait of Chinese family, ca. 1920 (CC_PH_00330)

Portrait of Chinese family, ca. 1920 (CC_PH_00330)

Explore some of our collections: 

View of the Chung Collection

View of the Chung Collection, a permanent exhibition free and open to the public.

Great Reads at Asian Library
Borrow a new book from our leisure reading collection at Asian Library that includes Japanese manga comics and Chinese cookbooks.

Enjoy movies? Check out our great collection of Canadian and foreign-language films related to the experiences of the Asian diaspora around the world.

Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era
Our Rare Books and Special Collections department holds one of the world’s largest collections of maps and guidebooks of the Japanese Tokugawa period, ca. 1600-1867. The entire collection has been digitized for easy online exploration.

Yip Sang Collection
This collection, located at the City of Vancouver Archives, was digitized by UBC Library. Yip Sang established the import and export firm of Wing Sang Company in Vancouver in 1888. A key figure in the Chinese and business communities, he was a driving force in the establishment of the Chinese Benevolent Association in the city.

UBC Library's Head of Digital Programs and Services, Bronwen Sprout, on best practices with cIRcle, UBC's digital repository for research and teaching materials.

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