UBC Library hosts exhibit honouring Vancouver icon John Fluevog. The exhibit, located in the David Lam Management Research Library and Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre runs until the end of the year.

Have you checked out the new Great Reads collection at the Education Library? Located on the main level of the library, the Great Reads collection features fiction and non-fiction books for adult and young adult audiences. The purpose of the collection is to support the practice of leisure reading.

In addition to supporting health and wellness in general, reading for pleasure can lead to positive effects on academic performance. In “Why Your Academic Library Needs a Popular Reading Collection Now More Than Ever,” Dewan (2010) argues that reading for pleasure “provides opportunities for the focused and sustained reading that students are doing with less frequency since the advent of the Internet.” (p. 10). According to Rathe and Blankenship (2006), leisure reading can help students see new perspectives, support the comprehension of more difficult texts, and develop critical thinking skills. Reading for pleasure is relaxing, informative, and can open up new understandings of humanity.

Do you have a suggestion for a “great read”? What book has inspired you? Let us know, and we may add it to the collection. Submit your suggestion here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7a3BXz2jJmBROXr

Great Reads collections can be found at many of UBC’s libraries. For more information on UBC Library’s Great Reads collections, visit: https://greatreads.library.ubc.ca/


Dewan, P. (2010). Why your academic library needs a popular reading collection now more than ever. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 17(1), 44-64.

Rathe, B., & Blankenship, L. (2006). Recreational reading collections in academic libraries. Collection Management, 30(2), 73-85.

The Asian Library hosted a lively Diwali celebration at the Liu Institute with the support of UBC Equity & Inclusion, Alumni UBC, and the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research on Friday, October 25. In addition to learning about the tradition of Diwali through a student-led presentation, audience members were treated to a variety of musical and dance performances, from traditional to modern, and Henna painting. The event concluded with South Asian refreshments.



Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Nibi’s water song / Sunshine Tenasco ; illustrated by Chief Lady Bird.

Call Number: PZ7 .T26 Nb 2019


Meet Tom Longboat / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: GV1061.15 .L65 M34 2019


Meet Violet Desmond / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: FC2346.26 .D48 M34 2018


Meet Chris Hadfield / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: TL789.85 .H34 M34 2018


Carl and the meaning of life / Deborah Freedman.

Call Number: PZ7 .F87276 Cr 2019






Arctic solitaire : a boat, a bay, and the quest for the perfect bear / Paul Souders.

Call Number: FC3969.42 .S68 2018







The B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available. Applications are due by Monday, December 16, 2019.
In this talk, Professor Annie Chen will present an overview of health-related online communities and social networks, and the ways in which they can assist patients in health management.

Closed Thanksgiving 2019

The Law Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14th, 2019.

The exhibit, that runs October 10 to November 15 on the Level 2 foyer of IKBLC, celebrates Jim Wong-Chu, a well-known Asian-Canadian historian, editor, author, and poet.

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, with the support of Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), alumni UBC  and the Equity and Inclusion Office!

Friday, October 25, 2019
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive

Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. It is 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 several South Asian Communities, and by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians. 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 South Asian culture through music, henna, and delicious refreshments.

All Diwali activities are free and no registration is required.

We’re getting ready to kick off the 10th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 17. 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.

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