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Student using walkstation


The Chapman Learning Commons has added a walk station to its active workstation located on Level 3 of IKBLC. The new treadmill desk is a pilot project created in collaboration with UBC Recreation. It is a welcome addition to the two stationary bikes and an adjustable-height desk.

The active workstation is well-used by UBC students. Since their introduction, the stationary bikes have clocked more than 1000 kilometers per month. “It is encouraging to see the uptake on the active workstations in IKBLC,” says Julie Mitchell, “they have been used almost non-stop since we installed them.”

Given the popularity of the active workstation bikes in IKBLC (a SEEDS project), UBC Library and UBC Rec partnered to purchase a treadmill desk to add another active workstation option in the Learning Centre. “The Office of Physical Activity within UBC Recreation works to reduce sedentary behavior and get people moving on campus,” says Alyssa Reyes, Manager, Physical Activity at UBC Recreation, Our desire to contribute to providing students with tools that meet their needs and lowers barriers is what spurred the collaboration with the library. Physical activity can come in a variety of ways and we want to help show others that sometimes movement can come in unconventional ways!”

Student using walkstation

UBC student Feyannie Hung gets moving on the new walkstation. Learn about her experience trying the walk station for the first time on our Instagram Stories.

The project addresses UBC priorities around wellbeing and active living, while also providing a direct way to enhance the student learning experience at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and will serve as a prototype for future active workstation initiatives on campus.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to inspire with innovative spaces and services.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is getting a bit of a facelift with some upcoming maintenance.

The flooring replacement project, set to begin June 29, will replace flooring on levels 1 and 2, and the foyer area on level 2. Although the main work will take place at night, there may be certain sections of hallways that will be unavailable during the day.

Please look for signage within the building to direct you to alternate pathways when areas are closed.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

Thank you for your patience.

The Okanagan Library is excited to announce the success of a student referendum calling for support for a library expansion.

After almost a year of advocating for student feedback and discussion, the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) launched a referendum in mid-October asking students to financially support a library/learning centre expansion. Students were asked to support a limited-time student fee increase of $35/semester ($70/year) to be levied to contribute one-third of the total cost of a library expansion.


The referendum passed with an 85% yes vote to the proposed project that will add 45,000 square feet of study and learning space, more than doubling the size of the existing library. The expansion is project to cost up to $30 million, depending on the layout of the new space.

The next stages of the project include acquiring additional financial support, and engaging in student and faculty consultations about the expansion plans.

Expansion of the existing 650-seat library will have a tremendous impact on the student experience, says Rocky Kim, president of the UBCSUO. “The financial contribution of the students towards the library reaffirms the UBCSUO’s position that this is in fact a necessity,” says Kim. “It is my hope that our contribution will trigger additional sources of funding to follow in our example and join us in building UBC Okanagan for the better.”

To learn more about the next stages of the #MORELIBRARY project, visit the Okanagan Library website.

For more information on the referendum, visit the UBC Okanagan News media release.

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