Looking for somewhere to go on this upcoming school professional day? UBC Education Library welcomes children and caregivers on Friday, October 19 to our  “Young Learners Library” lounge area.  Find a cozy seat in a soft chair or sit on the sofa with a friend or family member and share a book!

Books are arranged at tables into the following categories: First Books, Picture/Story Books, Readers, Early Chapter Books, Children’s Novels and Information Books. Our Makerspace Kits and puppets will also be on display in the lounge and available for borrowing as usual.

Event Details Title: CLC Coach-In Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16 Time: 11am-2pm Location: Bruce R. Birmingham Undergraduate Centre As the weather cools down, the academic pressure heats up! Join us at our first ever Coach-in to access all of the CLC’s academic, communications, and professional programming in one convenient location! The CLC Coach-in brings academic support […]



In celebration of open access and its global impact for over a decade, UBC and SFU will be participating in the 2018 International Open Access Week event during October 22-28, 2018.


Throughout UBC’s 2018 Open Access Week event, scholars will showcase and discuss their innovative research, teaching and learning skills and experiences while inspiring others to learn more and get involved with the global open access movement. These events will highlight the various opportunities and pathways enabling open scholarship for researchers at UBC and beyond.


Similar to past UBC Open Access Week events, this year will include free lectures, workshops, a panel discussion with a Q&A session, seminars, and symposia for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Topical and timely issues will include the following ones to list just a few:


  • new challenges faced by practitioners and stakeholders
  • developing a scholarly/publishing profile
  • applying Creative Commons licenses to your work
  • navigating the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR)
  • discovering Open Educational Resources (OER)


Visit Open UBC to register and attend these free events


Learn more about Open Access at UBC



Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), Department of Asian Studies, and South Asian Canadian Histories Association this year!

Friday, October 26, 2018
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. Celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

UBC students, staff and faculty members are cordially invited to experience the diversity of culture through music, Henna, and delicious refreshments.

We’re getting ready to kick off the 9th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 11.

UBC faculty, staff, and students are invited to create a team of 4-10 people and compete for the win in this annual cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.

  • Date: Thursday, October 11
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: 4th floor Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.)

To register your team, fill out the online form by October 5th.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

Download the 2018 Spelling Bee Poster. For more information, please contact Stacy Campbell.

Science Literacy Week  is an annual celebration of Canadian science, where libraries, universities, museums and other institutions hold events to show the diversity of amazing research happening across the country. This year, the event will take place September 17-23. We invite you to check out UBC Library’s Science Expo on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from […]

From upper left corner: Wood sample, “Effect of Fertilizer on Mature Trees,” (n.d), MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. (181-06); Penick and Co. Oils, 1957, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. (181-05); Keys to the first paper mill in B.C., ca. 1894, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. (180-22).

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition: 150 Years of Forestry in British Columbia.

Curated by Ashlynn Prasad, MAS/MLIS Candidate at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of RBSC Archivist Krisztina Laszlo, 150 Years of Forestry in British Columbia takes a broad view of the forestry industry in British Columbia from 1861 to 2016. Items on display are drawn from key RBSC collections with strong ties to forestry and illustrate the evolution of a cornerstone industry in B.C.

The exhibition is being staged in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC). Dr. Irving K. Barber, who as the principal donor gave $20 million towards the building’s development and construction in 2012, was a leader within B.C.’s forestry industry for much of his career. A second exhibition, A Place of Learning: The Evolution of the Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, explores the construction and physical evolution of the 1925 Library building and its transition to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Curated by Archivist Erwin Wodarczak, all items featured in the exhibition come from the collections of the University Archives, which serves to identify, preserve and showcase the University’s permanently valuable records. 

150 Years of Forestry in British Columbia will be on display at Rare Books and Special Collections through November 16, 2018. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca. A Place of Learning: The Evolution of the Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is on display on level 2 (main foyer) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through October 31, 2018.

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