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.


UBC Library’s Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue collection has a new home in the Ridington Room. The Music, Art and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) has moved its exhibition catalogues out of storage into a new, visually impressive display on the third floor.

“The goal with this exhibit is to bring this collection, that has been scattered while in storage, together in a coherent way,” says Kevin Madill, Acting Head Librarian at the Music, Art and Architecture Library.

Although the collection covers exhibitions taking place throughout Canada, it is particularly strong in featuring local exhibitions, including those taking place at UBC. The collection helps preserve historically important Canadian materials and is the most in-depth collection on the west coast.

More than 60,000 exhibition catalogues were filed in cabinets, vertical files and the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the IKBLC. This project moved many of them into visible storage on the third floor, where they can be accessed during reference hours.

To complement the collection, Kevin Madill liaised with the Vancouver Art Gallery to have facsimile reproductions of Emily Carr paintings put on display next to the catalogues. The reproductions were printed locally at Fidelis Art Printers and were mounted in the glass bookcases by library staff. Carr’s paintings highlight the focus of the collection on local artists, specifically women artists.

“We wanted to provide a sense of place,” says Madill, “To have everyone who walks into this space know immediately that they are in British Columbia.”

The project is dedicated to the memory of Diana Cooper, a UBC Fine Arts Librarian who devoted her professional career to the visual arts in Canada. She initiated the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection and her work laid the groundwork for the collection.

Madill says he hopes to expand the display to the upper floor of the Ridington Room, using new facsimile reproductions. “This is a great representation of our cultural heritage and I think the space is much richer for it.”

Stop by the Music, Art and Architecture Library to view the Emily Carr display and exhibition of unique materials from the collection.

In this series, UBC faculty write about one great idea that significantly influenced their specific discipline and in turn, transformed how they approach their work.

Blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm. These four humors were once thought to shape a person’s mental and physical health, behavior and even personality. Initially borrowed from Ancient Greek thinkers like Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Galen, the theory of the four humors was so ingrained into the common wisdom of Shakespeare’s time that references to melancholic displays and choleric outbursts fill his most popular plays. The interplay between medical theory and theatrical language forms the basis of a fascinating exhibition, created by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library, now coming soon to UBC Library.

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018 and feature additional materials from UBC Library’s collections to explore related topics, such as Shakespearean theatre in British Columbia and Shakespeare in children’s literature. Collection highlights will include: the second edition folio of Shakespeare’s complete works (1632), first editions of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590), John Donne’s Poems (1633), and George Herbert’s The Temple (1633), along with medical manuals such as 16th century midwifery book The byrth of mankynde (1540) by Eucharius Rösslin and milestone physiology book, Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus (1628) by William Harvey.

On display at Rare Books and Special Collections on Level 1 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library, the exhibition is open to the general public as well as UBC students, staff and faculty across campus.

Many thanks to co-curators of the UBC Library collections materials Patricia Badir, Professor of English, Anthony Dawson, Professor Emeritus of English, and Department of English students Karol Pasciano (MA), Aiden Tait (BA Hons.), and Ana Maria Fernandez Grandizo (BA Hons.). Thank you also to John Christopoulos, Assistant Professor of History, for lending his subject matter expertise. UBC Library co-curators for the exhibition included Charlotte Beck, Chelsea Shriver, and Helen Brown.

Take this opportunity to view rare materials that chronicle both medical milestones and Shakespeare’s enduring relevance throughout the ages.

graphic with a simple blue bicycle icon and text IKBLC Active Workstation located on Level 3

Students who study at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) now have a new way to hit the books. The UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program, with the support of UBC Library faculty and staff, sponsored the design and construction of an active workstation on Level 3 of IKBLC. The permanent installation includes two stationary bikes and an adjustable-height desk, so students can be active while they study. The project addresses several UBC priorities around well-being and healthy active living, while also providing a direct way to enhance the student learning experience at IKBLC.

collage photo showing team of student engineers working at the active workstation

Photography credit: Meghan Kinnarny

The project was undertaken by a team of senior computer and electrical engineering students as part of their capstone design project, a final requirement and major component of UBC’s engineering degree programs. Work started on the project in late September, when team members Jan Louis Evangelista, Leo Belanger, Mahir Tuli, Max Hollingworth and Sanika Bhide met to discuss the project requirements and begin planning.

“Most of our initial work focused on taking an open-ended idea with plenty of potential and narrowing down what our clients, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, wanted for the final product,” said Hollingworth.

The project was supervised by Paul Lusina, Research and Project Manager at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and organized by Kathleen Simpson, UBC SEEDS Project Coordinator. On the Library side, Julie Mitchell, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at IKBLC, and Sandra Wilkins, Interim Associate University Librarian and Director, IKBLC, provided active guidance and key insights to the student team as the project’s industry client. Mawuena Glymin and Tracey Douglas from Library IT provided support to ensure infrastructure and technical requirements for the project were on track. 

 “The Active Workstation in IKBLC demonstrates our commitment to support student well-being, which is an important element of academic success. And what better way for busy students to multitask—you can study and exercise at the same time!”  said Mitchell. 

Workstation users can track their distance and cycling times by logging into a custom-designed app developed by the student team. Since launching, the bikes have seen plenty of use, clocking a total distance of more than 310 kilometres. With such early success, the installation will serve as a prototype for future workstation initiatives on campus.


The Koerner and Education libraries will be closed Saturday, June 9. Both libraries will reopen on Monday June 11 at 7:30 a.m. (Koerner Library) and 8 a.m. (Education Library) respectively.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.

UPDATE, May 18, 2018:  Access to the library’s catalog has been restored. Users are now able to renew, recall, request materials, and pay fines. Requests for materials from ASRS are also available. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact us for technical assistance.

Due to an upgrade to the Library’s Catalogue, users will not be able to renew, recall, or request materials, or pay fines starting Sunday May 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.. Requests for materials from ASRS will also be unavailable. Requests for materials from PARC are still available. Full service is expected to resume May 19, 2018. 

Users who already have either UBC cards or Community library cards will be able to:

  • Sign out books
  • Access the public workstations with CWL or a barcode and PIN
  • Place document delivery, Interlibrary loan and media booking requests
  • Request items from Library PARC
  • Access the public workstations

Users will not be able to:

  • Renew books
  • Place recalls
  • Pay fines
  • Use the self-check machines
  • Access materials stored in ASRS including materials from Rare Books and Special Collections and UBC Archives
  • Access your MyAccount

Users with UBC ID cards issued between May 13 and 18 will not be able to:

  • Place document delivery, Interlibrary loan and media booking requests
  • Renew books
  • Place recalls
  • Pay fines
  • Use the self-check machines
  • Access MyAccount
  • Access materials stored in ASRS including materials from Rare Books and Special Collections and UBC Archives 
  • Access public workstations with CWL or a barcode and PIN (Users may obtain a guest login at any circulation desk and use that to login to the computers.)

Please note that users will not incur fines for books due during this period.

For assistance, please contact the UBC Library Vancouver Circulation Desk at 604 822 2406, the UBC Library Okanagan Circulation Desk at 250 807 9107 or contact us for technical assistance.

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

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