The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is pleased to recognize Bronwen Sprout of the University of British Columbia Library with its 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award.



In recognition of UBC’s Centennial year, UBC Library and emeritus Tom Shorthouse are excited to announce the release of Golden Scrapbook: The Centennial Update 1965-2015. This extensive publication maps 50 years at UBC Library, highlighting personal accounts from University Librarians, milestones in the library’s history, and anecdotes from library employees past and present. Complimented by colour photographs of library employees, library spaces and events from the past 50 years, the scrapbook profiles the growth and development of the library, and follows the Scrapbook for a Golden Anniversary produced in 1966, also compiled by Tom Shorthouse, and published by the Morriss Printing Company.

View the Scrapbook

Read the digital version of the new Golden Scrapbook below. Hard copies of the publication will be available to borrow from the library beginning in early October, and a one copy will be held permanently in the University Librarian office wing. One copy will also be placed in the Centennial time capsule. To make an appointment to view the scrapbook in advance of the availability of the circulation copies, please email Jasmine Devonshire.




Thank you to Tom Shorthouse for his extensive work compiling content, as well as to George Tsiakos for project support, and Erwin Wodarczak for fact checking.

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West Coast Expressions is a new exhibit on display at Irving K Barber Learning Centre. The exhibit highlights eight influential British Columbia creative icons, spanning fine art, architecture and music. West Coast Expressions was installed to coincide with BC Day on August 1st, with the purpose of highlighting items of note from the Music, Art and Architecture Library.


In this exhibit:

The exhibit features work from:

Emily Carr, Artist and Writer
Stephen Chatman, Composer
Stan Douglas, Artist
Arthur Erickson,  Architect (projects include MOA and Walter C. Koerner Library)
Jocelyn Morlock, Composer
Takao Tanabe, Painter
Jeff Wall, Artist, previous UBC Fine Arts professor
Jin-me Yoon, Artist, Visual Arts professor SFU


Exhibit background

These distinguished artists have made an enduring mark on our province’s culture, with artistic creations influenced by BC and Vancouver’s scenic landscape, historical events, and the social and cultural makeup of its population. Through this exhibition, we celebrate their individual and collective contributions to the art world from here at home.


Explore further

Explore the exhibit now until end of September. All items are available to UBC students, faculty and staff through UBC Collections.

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