Reduce your UBC Library fines by donating non-perishable food items – $2 in fines paid for each food item donated (up to a maximum of $30). Donated cans are accepted at branch circulation desks from October 22 to November 5, 2018.

All donations go to the UBC AMS Food Bank on Campus and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank which provide food relief for students in need, including non-perishable foods, supplies and information about additional resources on- and off-campus.



UBC Library invites students from the UBC Vancouver campus to join the Library Student Advisory Committee (LSAC).  If you care about improving student life at UBC and are prepared to engage in thoughtful discussions about the student experience, we’d love to hear from you!

LSAC members help UBC Library learn about current student needs so the Library can plan its services accordingly.  Most LSAC meetings are 90-minute facilitated discussions about specific topics, and members are expected to attend three meetings between October and April.  

Don’t use the Library much?  We need to learn about your UBC experience, too: if you’re interested in LSAC we invite you to apply!

Apply by October 14.

If you have questions about LSAC please contact Jeremy Buhler, Assessment Librarian

Nearing retirement, Eleanore Wellwood is in an interesting position when it comes to reflecting on her time at UBC, especially since that time spans more than fifty years.

Coming on board initially as a student assistant in 1966, then again in the late 1980s, Eleanore tried out a few different career paths before falling into library work. “All my academic career had been heading into international relations until I realized what it was like to be a diplomat, and I knew that wasn’t for me,” she recalls. “I wanted to do something more practical. So when I came back to UBC, it was in nutrition and food science, until I realized that in order to do anything with that, you need to go through to the PhD level.”

Instead, the Library became a welcome alternative and a comfortable fit. “I come from an academic family. Books have always been part of my life, so it wasn’t a big leap.” Starting in the 1990s until 2007, Eleanore worked as a library assistant at Interlibrary Loans and Woodward Library, before moving to Crane Library in Brock Hall, which provides resources for UBC students, faculty and staff who are blind, visually impaired, or have print disabilities.

“When I was at Crane—which I loved as well—I’d reached the point where I was close enough to retirement that I thought I would either stay there until I retired or I would make a change in my life,” she says. “All the retirement books keep saying that the worst thing about retiring is you don’t know what to do with yourself, or you’re not willing to try something new. So I thought it was now or never.”

When the position of Cataloging and Acquisitions Assistant came up at X̱wi7x̱wa Library, she decided to make a move once again. It was a huge learning curve, she remembers. “I’m from Vancouver but not Indigenous, so everything I’m learning is piling on as more and more learning.”

In her day-to-day work, she is involved in record enhancing, investigating, teaching and supervising graduate academic assistants. “We have the privilege and pleasure of enhancing the standard records so that they better reflect Indigenous approaches to knowledge.”

Now, after nearly a decade at X̱wi7x̱wa Library, Eleanore is faced with a new dilemma. “My problem is that I really love my job, so it’s hard to say that I am retiring,” she says. “It’s never the same, it’s always interesting.”

She recalls one project in particular that began shortly after she arrived at X̱wi7x̱wa, which put her cataloguing skills to the test. “When the library changed from DRA to Voyager, all our subject headings became ‘unsearchable’,” she says. “In terms of the project, it meant retyping every subject heading. But it also gave us the opportunity to examine them.” Luckily, she didn’t have to do most of the retyping, but got to dive into the examining.

When asked what has surprised her the most about UBC Library, she laughs. “When working for the library comes upon you gradually, nothing is surprising.”

Learn more about the programs and collections at X̱wi7x̱wa Library.

Eleanore Wellwood is one of UBC Library’s 2018 Employee Recognition Award winners, receiving the Unsung Hero Award for her outstanding work. Read more about the awards and this year’s recipients.

Koerner Library


Construction has begun on Levels 4 and 5 of the Koerner Library and will continue into early 2019.

Access to the building’s central stairwell and elevators will be maintained, but there will be no access to levels 4 and 5.

Seating and workspace on levels 1, 2 and 3 the building will remain. Additional study space will be made available on level 5 within the next few weeks. Library users can expect increased noise in the building during this time.

This renovation will result in an expanded Research Commons on levels 4 and 5 of the Library, providing technology rich, inviting spaces integrated with services from across the library and the campus conducive to graduate scholarship and advanced research. The Research Commons will meet an identified campus need for dedicated learning and collaboration spaces for researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Any questions about the expanded Research Commons can be directed to:

Anne Olsen, Head, Koerner Library




On April 29th 2018,Technical Services was pleased to welcome members of the Library’s Development and Administration team for a tour of our facilities and to meet our staff.
From left to right: Jenny Park, Fiona Li, Harry Young, Virginia Hong, Stacy Campbell, Andrea Benzel


The Biomedical Branch Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre at 2775 Laurel Street, will undergo upgrades from June 23-28. Access to collections will be limited during this work and after-hours card access will not be available during this time.

Should you have any questions about these upgrades, please contact Dean Giustini, 
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian at or Yuko Takemoto at

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work to improve your experience at UBC Library.

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