UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases. 

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning. To view the UBC Library Strategic Framework, click here. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.


The Law Library provides reference, information, instruction, bibliographic and circulation services in support of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty of the Peter A. Allard School of Law and to others requiring the use of the collection. The Head is responsible for providing strategic leadership necessary to develop facilities, collections, and programs including organization, administration, and operation of services. Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of a service model which focuses on meeting user needs. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves. The Head is a voting member of the Faculty Council of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.


A graduate degree from an accredited program in Library, Archival and Information Science and a Law degree from a common law jurisdiction. Relevant professional experience appropriate to academic law librarianship and teaching legal research and writing courses both in-person and online. Familiarity with Canadian legal research collections, tools and methods. Familiarity with effective teaching methodologies, computer technology, and a commitment to responsive and innovative information services. Strong leadership, administrative and management skills, including the development and monitoring of budgets. Supervisory experience. Demonstrated ability to develop, assess and refine library services and facilities. Effectiveness in collaborating and building relationships. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and colleagues, inspire innovation, and experience developing and motivating teams and individuals. Ability to contribute to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decisions making. Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.


The Head of the Law Library works under the general direction of and reports to the University Librarian. The Head interacts and consults with relevant individuals relating to collection development and budgeting, finance, information technology, facilities and human resources. The Head cooperates with other Heads and AULs in the provision of services and ensures that relevant issues are discussed with the Dean, Associate Deans, and other administrators in the Peter A. Allard School of Law.


  1. Provides vision and leadership for the Law Library operations and services. Develops and implements goals and objectives that support the strategic directions of the Library, Peter A. Allard School of Law, and the University. 
  2. Assesses needs of Library users and opportunities for new services by consulting with students and faculty, reviewing curriculum changes and program development, maintaining liaison with faculty and participating in departmental and faculty meetings.
  3. Evaluates existing services and adjusts priorities. Plans and implements new services, obtaining the necessary associated resources and technology required to support these.
  4. Evaluates space needs and transforms spaces to meet new and evolving user needs.
  5. Allocates and monitors resources by setting unit priorities, allocating funds, human resources and time, and controlling expenditures.
  6. Participates in the development and delivery of reference, research, and instructional services, which may include teaching in the Legal Research and Writing program of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
  7. Assists in the management of the UBC Library by participating in Library-wide planning, budgeting and monitoring of activities. Sets unit goals that are related to the missions of the Library and the University.
  8. Provides leadership for the librarians and staff in the Law Library. Participates in the recruitment and selection of librarians and staff. Manages organizational planning, conducts annual reviews, assesses and recommends training and learning opportunities, makes merit recommendations and engages with librarians and staff through open dialogue.
  9. Enables an environment that is collegial, based on mutual trust and respect, is open and supportive, and that creates a positive and effective work environment for employees and patrons. This environment will be built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth, where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback.
  10. Coordinates the development of collections in the Law Library. Ensures that faculty are consulted about collection development. In consultation with faculty and staff, develops criteria for the selection of material for purchase, for the transfer of materials to storage, and for weeding decisions.
  11. Supports the University Librarian in fund raising initiatives and participates in the preparation of grant requests and administration of grants.
  12. Participates in professional and university wide initiatives.


Effective development of collections and services in the Law Library. Administrative efficiency and effectiveness. Excellent public, interlibrary and staff communications. Collegial, respectful and collaborative working relationships with staff and faculty. Familiarity with the Library’s organization of services and adherence to its policies and procedures. Awareness of developments in relevant areas of librarianship, disciplines supported by the Law Library, scholarly publishing, and information technology. Imaginative, innovative and analytical approaches to service delivery. Effective supervision, leadership and team building. Effective development, delivery and assessment of instructional programs.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with a five year renewable administrative term as Head, Law Library. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae. 

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on April 17, 2020

The Daily Hive highlights a number of Library spaces as ideal study spots at the University.

Whether you are on campus for a day or an hour, the Library has much for you to discover. Our collections include nearly 6.5 million items – but we offer a whole lot more as well. From the exceptional Chung Collection exhibition, to artwork in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to notable viewing spots, there is something for everyone at UBC Library.

Come explore the life of the Library!


The Chung Collection Exhibition

Step into Canada’s past and view thousands of artifacts chronicling early B.C. history, immigration and settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The Chung Collection exhibition is free and open to visitors year round. Can’t make it in person? Visit the collection online.

Rare Books and Special Collections
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 1
1961 E. Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1

Image of boat model

Photo credit: Martin Dee


Special collections

While you’re in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, check out our Rare Books and Special Collections. Some of our notable offerings include:


Great Reads collection

You don’t have to focus only on research to enjoy and experience the Library. The Great Reads program offers leisure-reading materials ranging from Canadiana to popular fiction. Visit the collection at Koerner Library, Woodward Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or browse the shelf online. If you visit the collection in Koerner, be sure to grab a cozy spot next to the fireplace.

Fireplace at Koerner Library

Koerner Lbrary’s fireplace on Level 3 is a cozy spot to read. Photo credit: Martin Dee.


Artwork in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Glass plates

A sandblasted glass chandelier with inspiration from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Two hundred multi-coloured plates, covering nearly 60 feet of wall space. These are just two examples of the treasures in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Indeed, the building itself inspires a sense of wonder – and the beautiful artwork inside it will take your breath away. From local artist John Nutter to First Nations artist Brent Sparrow Jr., artwork awaits you on every floor of the Barber Centre.




If you want to catch up with some news from around the world, enjoy our latest selection of newspapers: daily, weekly and monthly print newspapers in Asian Library, David Lam Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Koerner Library and Xwi7xwa Library. A selection of online-only newspapers are available at: guides.library.ubc.ca/newspapers

If you also want to check out what happened in British Columbia decades ago – visit the B.C. Historical Newspapers collection and catch a glimpse of yester-year.


The Richards Buell Sutton Reading Room in the Law Library, Allard Hall

The Library offers many silent and quiet study areas. The Law Library, however, offers studying with an impressive view. The two-storey reading room – part of the beautiful Allard Hall, which opened in September 2011 – faces the north end of campus and overlooks Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.

Law Library reading room

Photo credit: Don Erhardt


The Ridington Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Students studying in the Ridington Room

Photo credit: Martin Dee

 If you want a place to study history, take in the sights and see stunning art – the Ridington Room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is for you. The two-storey reading room (named after John Ridington, UBC’s first University Librarian) features a 45-panel glass sculpture from artist John Nutter, etched with compasses. The spiral staircase offers visitors a chance to study at tables, lounge in chairs or catch a better look at the artwork. The walls are adorned with portraits of former UBC Presidents, inspiring the students of today to remember their past.

UBC’s beautiful new Law Library, located at Allard Hall, is profiled in American Libraries. The piece highlights the Library’s environmental elements.

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