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In this month’s issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate the start of the fall semester with new resources for students, faculty and staff; highlights from recently digitized collections; a historical textbooks exhibit; Videomatica film screenings and more.

UBC Library is excited to participate in the following campus-wide orientation events as part of our introduction to new and returning students and faculty. Feel free to drop by and meet Library staff, find out more about how we can help you this academic year, and to check out our booth! Over the next several weeks, you’ll find us at: 

New Faculty & Staff Orientation

August 26 | 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Liu Institute 

Graduate Student Orientation

August 28 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Flag Pole Plaza


September 2 | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Main Mall

Welcome Back Staff BBQ

September 10 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Flag Pole Plaza

Postdoctoral Fellows Orientation

September 30 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Thea Koerner House

Get ready for school with #ubclibrary. Every day throughout the month of September, we will be posting information on social media – tips on studying, where to print, collections to check out, and more! Visit us on Twitter or Facebook to join the fun.


It’s that time of year – August is winding down, the summer heat is starting to simmer down, and a new school year beckons for UBC’s students, staff and faculty.

UBC Library is participating in a range of orientation sessions to help you prepare for the new term, which kicks off on Tuesday, September 3. See below for a summary of where we’ll be in the coming weeks – drop by, learn how the Library can support your needs, and pick up some great (and free) items, including bookmarks, pens, USBs, card sets and more!

The Library has also prepared new guides for undergraduate students, graduate students, distance education students, faculty and instructors, staff, alumni, and community users and visitors.

Want more back to school info? Make sure to check out UBC’s Back to School 2013 section.


Monday, August 26

New Faculty and Staff Orientation

Visit the Library’s booth at the Liu Institute from 2 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.


Thursday, August 29

Graduate Student Orientation

Visit the Library’s booth at the Main Mall pedestrian walkway, near Flag Pole Plaza, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Thursday, August 29

Faculty Research Orientation Day

UBC Library’s Faculty Guide will be available as part of a package distributed at this event for UBC faculty, which takes place at Cecil Green Park House from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sunday, September 1

Parent Orientation

Visit the Library’s booth at the Totem Park Commons Block Ballroom from 11:15 a.m. to noon


Tuesday, September 3


Visit the Library’s booth at Main Mall and Agronomy Road from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Chapman Learning Commons at the Learning Centre will also be a campus tour stop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for new UBC Students at this University-wide orientation event.


Tuesday, September 17

Postdoctoral Fellows Research Orientation Day

Visit the Library’s booth at Thea’s Lounge in the Thea Koerner House from noon to 12:45 p.m.


Thursday, September 19

Welcome Back Staff BBQ

Visit the Library’s booth at Flag Pole Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


If you miss one of these sessions, or have more questions, be sure to check out our calendar for upcoming workshops and events. 

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