As of May 1, UBC Library’s services at St. Paul’s Hospital and the BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre are changing. Please reference our announcement posted on our website the week of April 17 for more information.

The two spaces will continue to be operated by UBC Faculty of Medicine and will be accessible to UBC faculty and students for research and study.

The Library continues to provide the following services to UBC faculty, staff and students:

  • Online access to UBC Library resources for UBC faculty, staff and students remains uninterrupted by these changes.
  • Inter-library loans and document delivery and recall requests for UBC faculty, staff and students can be picked up at either the Biomedical Branch Library (Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Floor 2) or at the Woodward Library at the UBC Vancouver campus (2198 Health Sciences Mall).
  • For reference and research queries, please contact the Woodward Library at 604-822-4440.

UBC Affiliated Hospital Staff can apply for a Hospital Staff Card by visiting the Biomedical Branch Library or Woodward Library. For more information on library cards, visit the Library services website.

Borrowers are encouraged to return items to the Biomedical Branch Library, Woodward Library or any UBC Library branch.

On-site signage at both hospital branches will be posted to redirect UBC faculty, staff and students. We appreciate the patience of our library users during this transition.

Further questions or comments about the hospital library branches can be directed to Linda Ong, Director, Communications and Marketing at UBC Library at


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.

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This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on exciting changes and events happening at UBC Library, including Open UBC, the Alma Mater Society digital collection and more.

In case you missed it, this September marks some new and exciting changes happening with a few UBC Library services and redesigned spaces for UBC students, faculty and the community.

While some services changes are already in effect (or getting underway) at the Walter C. Koerner Library as mentioned in an earlier cIRcle blog post, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is also undergoing some of its own changes.

The Chapman Learning Commons in the Irving K. Barber Learning will feature a new UBC Library multi-service desk along with other service offerings such as the AMS Tutoring and Peer Academic Coaching services.

More information about construction dates and temporary moves of the UBC Library Reference services are available at:

Did You Know?

On March 18 2010, the Faculty of Graduate Studies Council endorsed a new single structure and format to be followed for UBC theses and dissertations. To learn more,

visit the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies website at: To browse current and retrospective UBC theses and dissertations, visit cIRcle at:

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Panorama view of UBC's Robson Square campus 

Research libraries across North America are evolving, and UBC Library is no exception. The Library is undergoing significant changes to transform its service models, and has announced a number of changes, some of which will take effect this fall.

One change involves the Library’s Robson Square branch, which closes in its current form on August 31. Two of its most accessed services – online access to Library collections and book & articles deliveries – will continue, as will the popular Robson Reading Series. Other services including reference assistance will continue to be available online or at Point Grey campus libraries.

UBC Library would like to thank those who have used Robson Square Library, and we will keep you updated on developments. For more information, please e-mail and include “UBC Library changes” in the subject line.

Students in the Learning Centre

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As a new school year begins, UBC Library is undergoing significant changes to transform into a 21st-century library for faculty, students and the community.

As part of this process, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is working to provide a new multi-service desk and upgraded spaces for programs offered by the Chapman Learning Commons and its partners. Construction is scheduled to begin in early September and end in December 2012, with new spaces scheduled to open in early January 2013.

Changes include the temporary move of Reference services from the third to the fourth floor, and making space in the Qualicum Room for construction. The third floor of the Learning Centre, particularly the Qualicum Room and adjacent areas, will be affected during the fall term as construction proceeds.

The changes are examined in a Ubyssey article entitled “Construction to start during busiest hours in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.”

We are grateful for your understanding and patience during this time, and we will bring you updates at as they become available. For more information, please send an e-mail to with “UBC Library changes” in the subject line.




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This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on changes at UBC Library to kick-off the beginning of the school year – a website facelift, a new research commons, multi-service desks and inspired collections.


Hospital building exterior

UBC Library is working with the Faculty of Medicine to explore a new service delivery model for the St. Paul’s Hospital Library and Hamber Library (at the Oak Street Site of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre). Over the next month, a working group with representatives from the Faculty of Medicine and UBC Library will begin consultation with staff, faculty and students, featuring a survey, focus groups and in-person meetings with identified stakeholder groups including the health authorities. The recommendations from the working group are expected in early September. 

UBC faculty, student and non-Library UBC staff members who use the Biomedical Branch, Hamber and St. Paul’s hospital libraries are invited to participate in the UBC Hospital Libraries Usage Survey.

For further information, please contact Lea Starr, Working Group Chair and Associate University Librarian, Research Services at 604.822.2826 or (Melody Burton, Deputy University Librarian at 604.822.4903 or in Lea’s absence) or Amil Shah, Assistant Dean, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program at 604.875.4111 (67112) or

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