The Asian Library will open at 11:00 am Monday to Friday beginning Monday, May 27 until August 30 to accommodate upgrades and renovations with the exception of June 1 to 7 when the Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Congress 2019.

The renovation, which is expected to be completed in the late Fall of 2019, will allow for better service delivery, study spaces, and programming spaces for the Asian Library as well as several improvements for the collection. Learn more.

Should you require access to collections during the hours of 9 and 11 a.m., please email us at us or call us at (604) 822-2427 ahead of time so that staff can assist you.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve spaces and services for faculty, students and the community.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Shirin Eshghi, Head, Asian Library.

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Woodward Library’s new front entrance, which has been under construction since the end of December, has reopened as of August 8. A new front entrance was built to improve accessibility for disabled or handicapped visitors.

woodward space

The course reserves section has been considerably minimized, and a new space full of natural light created. It offers 33 study spaces and tables, a bar height counter and lounge chairs for comfortable studying. The space is already attracting students and Aleteia Greenwood, Head of Woodward Library, predicts the space will be jam-packed once the school year starts again. 

woodward space 

In addition to the new student-focused space, Greenwood says one of the most-needed new improvements was the creation of a consultation room for librarians. “We have faculty members and researchers that do consultation and research work with librarians, so this room is a perfect space for these meetings.” The new room is adjacent to the study area, and can be booked by librarians for consulting projects. 

The new study area also features the new Seed Lending Library cabinet which offers seeds for use. The seeds are available to anyone – for more information on the Seed Lending Library visit their website

Be sure to check out the new study space!


Upgrades to the third and fourth floors of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are complete and opened to library users during the spring session.

The upgrades, which began in February 2017, include new flooring, additional study spaces, improved lighting, upgraded furniture and additional electrical outlets (with USB chargers).


The upgrades have been popular with students. “I like this new seating by the windows,” says Heather, undergraduate student in the Faculty of Education who studies regularly at IKBLC, “It’s nice to have more natural light.”

Fourth-year Psychology student Nithia enjoys the new, more user-friendly study spaces, “The higher tables and chairs are much more comfortable — I slouch less. And the new usb ports are very convenient.”

The renovation is one of several projects planned for 2017 to improve UBC Library spaces and services for UBC students.  

“Every effort was made during the renovation project to minimize disruptions and maintain available study space for students,” says Julie Mitchell, Assistant Director, Student Engagement, IKBLC, “We’re so pleased with how the renovations turned out and to see students already enjoying the upgraded spaces.”

Be sure to try out the upgraded study spaces for yourself! 


Woodward Library Entrance

The Education Library held a small reopening and centennial celebration last week. More than forty faculty, students and staff from the Faculty of Education, as well as Library staff, attended the event.

education library space


Ingrid Parent, University Librarian, provided a brief history of the branch as part of the Library’s on-going centennial celebrations. “The Education Library, of course, is an essential part of the Library’s history, although in its earliest days it was referred to as the Curriculum Laboratory,” said Parent. The collection was housed in the Main Library before moving to its current location, the Neville Scarfe building in 1962.

Head librarian Chris Ball spoke about the improvements to the space and offered a thank you to all the staff who helped with the renovations over the past few months. 

Stay tuned for more news on the Library’s centennial activities for the rest of the year. 

UBC Education Library is preparing for a renovation to the public area surrounding the Circulation Desk on level 1. The planned space improvements include new furniture, a significant increase in seating capacity of 25 additional seats, upgrades to the Wi-Fi system, and 6 new public computers.

On April 1st, the public entrance and circulation services will be temporarily relocated down the hall to the back lab. The renovation begins on April 7th with completion anticipated for the end of June.   There will be noise and construction until the summer completion date.

Some services will be reduced and the branch will be closed weekends during this time but will remain open as usual Monday to Friday.


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Research libraries across North America are evolving to suit user needs and services, and UBC Library is no exception. As part of its strategic plan and budgetary forecast, UBC Library has announced a number collection and service consolidations at various campus branches and sites.

Find out how you can stay connected with the UBC Library changes at:

Did You Know?

The British Columbia Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) is comprised of the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia. The BCRLG offers a Speaker Series program that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to [their] respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape. You can find recent and previous BCRLG presentations in cIRcle at:

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As part of its strategic plan, UBC Library has announced a number of collection and service consolidations at various campus branches and sites. You can stay updated by visiting the Library changes website for news on changes to collections, space renovations and services. 

The most recent updates include notices about Koerner renovations, space developments in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and collections moves.

Stay connected and informed – visit the site, and submit feedback with “Library Changes” in the subject line.

exterior of UBC Library at the Okanagan campus

The $1.4-million renovation to UBC’s Okanagan campus library is complete. With more seating, additional group study rooms and added quiet reading space, the Library is a nexus of rich content, state-of-the-art technology and inspiring space.

Staff are eager to show off the revitalized space to the campus community and Okanagan residents. For more on the renovation, please visit the media release, which was reprinted in the Vernon Morning Star.

You can also read more coverage the Phoenix, the student newspaper at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The article, entitled “Campus library completes summer renovation,” appears on page 11.


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