For those accessing Library online resources (e-resources) from off campus for the first time, you will want to READ THIS.

Key items to remember:

  • For the majority of off-campus access, you will need to authenticate via EZproxy
  • Do NOT connect to MyVPN when connecting to EZproxy
  • We are still here to help. Contact us via our HELP FORM if you have issues accessing Library resources. But please be patient if we don’t respond as quickly as usual
  • Library e-resources are not free, and they require the Library to sign a license. Many licenses have restrictions… often including volume. The rule of thumb is do not download more than a human can reasonably read. Suspicious activity will lead publishers and providers to cut off the IP address for everyone
  • And don’t stress. If networks are slow, if resources aren’t working, odds are everyone else is in the same boat

Today, UBC Library has 15 branches in 12 locations that provide a variety of programs and services. The Digitization Centre is located in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) on UBC’s Vancouver campus. A previous post explored how IKBLC has changed since the first Main Library was built, so we will delve into the history of UBC Library buildings from UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Asian Library

The Asian Library provides services relevant to Asian language materials and is currently located in the Asian Centre. Prior to the Asian Library being officially designated a UBC Library branch in 1975, all the Asian language materials were stored in the Main Library.

UBC 1.1/9121. Asian studies desk in Main Library. 1971.

Banham, Jim. UBC 41.1/981-2. Move of Asian Studies Library to Asian Centre, 1981.

Biomedical Branch Library

The Biomedical Branch Library is located in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, which includes UBC Faculty of Medicine facilities. It was opened at Vancouver General Hospital in 1952 as the first official branch of the Main Library, and moved to the present location in 1957.

UBC 81.1/5. Faculty of Medicine building (Vancouver General Hospital) entrance, 1958.

David Lam Management Research Library

The David Lam Management Research Library provides library programs and services for the areas of business administration and commerce and is located in UBC Sauder School of Business at Vancouver campus. The library opened in 1985 with a donation from Dr. David See-Chai Lam, British Columbia’s former Lieutenant-Governor. It officially became a branch of UBC Library in 1993.

UBC 8.1/108. David Lam Research Library plaque, 1986.

UBC 44.1/3103. David Lam pours concrete for construction of David Lam Management Research Centre, 1991.

UBC 44.1/2828b. David Lam Management Research Centre, 1996.

Walter C. Koerner Library

We can trace the history of the Walter C. Koerner Library back to 1960, when the Main Library was the only building UBC Library managed. In 1960, the College Library was established inside the Main Library to provide library services for first- and second-year students. It changed its name to Sedgewick Library in 1964, in honour of Dr. Garnett Sedgewick, a former professor and head of the Department of English. As its collection grew, UBC Library opened a new building for Sedgewick in the current location of Koerner Library in 1973.

UBC 1.1/2327. Entrance to Sedgewick Library, [between 1960 and 1969].

Banham, Jim. UBC 41.1/2306. Sedgewick Library, 1973.

UBC 41.1/2247-2. Sedgewick Library stairwell, 1975.

Construction of Koerner Library began in 1995 by adding 7,000 square metres to 10,200 square metres of the renovated space from Sedgewick Library. The current library name is in honour of Walter Charles Koerner, a Canadian businessman who generously supported the construction of the library in addition to other philanthropic contributions to the University overall.

UBC 44.1/3082. Construction of Koerner Library, 1995.

UBC 44.1/3152. View of area for W. C. Koerner Library opening ceremonies, 1997.


Law Library

The Law Library is located in Peter A. Allard School of Law at Vancouver campus. It was formed in 1945, and initially housed in a World War II army hut. As a result of contributions from donors, the library moved to a new law building in 1951, and redesigned its space in 1975, concurrently with the renovation of the George F. Curtis Faculty of Law building.

UBC 3.1/613. Huts behind library.

UBC 1.1/5748-2. Students in Law Library, 1952.


Woodward Library

Woodward Library is accessed from the inside the Instructional Resources Centre (IRC), and its physical collection covers all medicine, sciences, and engineering areas, except for Math and Computer Science. The initial division started from the Medical Reading Room in the Main Library in 1950. The Woodward Library was opened in 1964 with a generaous gift of fundings from Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation. After expanding its space in 1970, the Library absorbed the collections of MacMillan Library, which included the area of Land and Food Systems and Forestry in 2006, and Science and Engineering collections from the Main Library in 2013.

UBC 1.1/11465-1. MacMillan Library showing the bookshelves, 1967.

UBC 3.1/1234-2. Woodward Biomedical architectural sketches, 1963.

UBC 3.1/1240. Sign announcing the building of Woodward Library, [between 1960 and 1969].

UBC 3.1/1451-1. View of Woodward Library, 1964.

Holborne, Peter. UBC 1.1/12478. Woodward Biomedical Library, 1971.

Xwi7xwa Library

Xwi7xwa Library is the only Indigenous branch of an academic library in Canada, and officially became a branch of UBC Library in 2005. It is located at the eastern end of the Longhouse, built in 1993. The building’s design is modeled after structures built by Interior Salish nations, called Kekuli in the chinook language, a pit house in English, and S7ístken in Ucwalmícwts (Lil’wat nation).

UBC 106.1/22. Construction of Xwi7xwa Library, 1993.


We hope you will visit each branch and experience the history and evolution of UBC Library. Visit UBC Archives Photograph Collection to find more library photographs.


Dr. Daniel Marshall has won the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for his book Claiming the land: British Columbia and the making of a new El Dorado. The $2,500 prize, given by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, will be awarded at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in April.

Published by Rondsale Press, Marshall’s book is a carefully researched narrative of the 1858 Fraser River Valley gold rush that enriches our understanding of that pivotal period in British Columbia and the geopolitical forces at play.

“As I prospected my way down the Pacific Slope through American archival collections, following the trail of the ’58ers back to California, a significant piece of the gold rush puzzle began to emerge that was largely lost to time—an epic telling of violence, native-newcomer conflict, and war with Indigenous peoples on either side of the 49th parallel,” says Dr. Marshall. “The very roots of Indigenous rights and unrest current in the province today can be traced to the 1858 gold rush and the making of a new El Dorado.”

“Dr. Marshall’s book provides a new, richly informative look at a chaotic period in British Columbia’s history,” says Susan E. Parker, UBC’s University Librarian. “We are thrilled to be able to highlight, once again, the work of an author and academic from British Columbia.”

Dr. Daniel Marshall is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Victoria. He is also the author of Those Who Fell from the Sky: A History of the Cowichan Peoples, which received a BC2000 Millennium Award. Dr. Marshall serves as a Special Advisor on gold rushes to the Royal BC Museum.

Shortlisted titles for the prize are:

Incorporating Culture:  how Indigenous People are Reshaping the Northwest Coast Art Industry,  Solen Roth (UBC Press).

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: the Real Story of West Coast Rum Running, Rick James (Harbour Publishing).

About the Prize

The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a B.C. subject. The book prize was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian who passed away in 2012. Stuart-Stubbs’s many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and as the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.


The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Starting January 21, 2019, UBC Library users will be able to pick up materials ordered through the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) from any UBC Library branch, including UBC Robson Square and the BC Children’s & Women’s Hospitals (BCCW) Study and Learning Commons, as well as UBC Okanagan Library.

Previously, materials ordered through ASRS have only been available for pickup at the circulation desk of the Music, Art and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC). After this change goes into effect, you will be able to choose a branch pickup location when you place an ASRS order using the Library’s online catalogue, and retrieve your materials from the circulation desk of your chosen branch.

You can also continue to pick up your ASRS materials from IKBLC by selecting “I.K. BARBER circulation” as your pick up location. If IKBLC is selected as your pick up location, your items will typically be available for pickup within approximately 15 minutes, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday), and after 30 minutes at all other opening hours. For all other Library branches, materials may take up to two full business days before they become available to pick up. Please also take note of your chosen branch’s opening hours, as these may vary.

In the Library catalogue, items that are stored in ASRS can be identified by the Location field.

For items in the Library’s catalogue that are marked “I.K. BARBER LIBRARY ASRS storage (branch use only)” and “XWI7XWA ASRS storage (branch use only)” be aware that these items will be available to pick up from any branch, but they will be used only in the chosen pickup branch and must be returned by the end of the business day.

You can continue to submit all ASRS requests using the Library’s catalogue, and requested materials will be held for 3 days at your chosen pickup location. When you submit your request, you will also now receive an email notifying you that your requested items are available for pickup.

Learn more about Library storage and ASRS on the Borrowing Services website.



Last year, UBC Library joined its partners (SFU, BCIT, KPU and Douglas College) in organizing a series of free events for Science Literacy Week and created a Library Guide to Science Literacy Week too. In previous years, UBC Library celebrated Science Literacy Week along with 140+ organizations across Canada and hosted a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a Science Expo, and a Living Library of graduate students who could be “borrowed” like books to talk about their inspiring research, and more.

In anticipation of Science Literacy Week happening 17-23 September 2018, you can also enjoy listening to a round of Frequencies podcasts including transcripts (courtesy of the UBC Okanagan Library) recorded at last year’s Science Literary Week event. This unique series is one that “explores the connections between science and society: the implications of scientific research on our culture, how scientists communicate their ideas, and how our society responds”.

Also, stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released “Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery” (a conference paper co-authored by UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan librarians) arriving in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.


Learn more about cIRcle




UBC Library is pleased to announce that Eleanore Wellwood, Wendy Traas and Anne Lama are the 2018 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. Each year, the Library Awards Program shines a light on those employees who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, excellence and a dedication to customer service through their work.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 19, 2018. Congratulations Eleanore, Wendy and Anne, and thank you to everyone who participated by submitting nominations.

Eleanore Wellwood, University Librarian Susan E. Parker, and Anne Lama.

Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood (Technical Services Library Assistant, Xwi7xwa Library) is honoured as this year’s Unsung Hero. Our Unsung Heroes keep the Library’s programs, services, and infrastructure running smoothly, and when they do their jobs well, their work is seamless and often goes unnoticed.

A clear example of inveterate dedication, Eleanore delayed her own retirement in order to help her branch catch up on major collections projects, and her efforts and knowledge have resulted in increased findability of materials within her branch.

Wendy Traas

Wendy Traas

Wendy Traas (Reference Librarian, Education Library) is the winner of the Innovation Award, which recognizes the achievements of Library employees who bring uncommon creativity to their work. Recipients of this award often apply new ways of thinking to existing processes or seek to expand or enhance the delivery of services and expertise across our campus community.

Through her work, Wendy demonstrates imagination and risk-taking, but also a pragmatic and strategic vision. She has innovation as the heart and soul of her DNA, and her desire for improvement in information literacy led to her award of a $18,000 TLEF grant.

Anne Lama

Anne Lama

Anne Lama (Conservator, Technical Services) earned the Employee Excellence Award, which is given to those whose track record for quality work is matched only by the kindness, compassion, and respect that make their contributions so effective.

An essential service partner in every major collections project the Library undertakes, Anne is also strongly committed to teaching, learning and mentorship. She takes every question as an opportunity to develop awareness of our individual and joint responsibility to care for our collections.

The UBC Library Digitization Centre is celebrating another birthday: seven years! In many cultures and religions, seven is a special—and sometimes lucky—number. There are seven continents, seven seas, seven classic world wonders, and seven colors in the rainbow.

For everyone at the Digitization Centre, seven years also marks many proud milestones.

  • Over 50 collections
  • Over 30 partners and supporters, from UBC, British Columbia, Canada or other countries like China and Japan
  • Over 200 thousand unique digital objects
  • Over 380 thousand downloads of our items
  • Over 8 million views of our collections

Looking back, our first projects were ambitious in their scope, but focused on topics close to home. They included the digitization of BC’s historical newspapers, the Japanese-Canadian newspaper Tairiku Nippo, and UBC Institute of Fisheries Field Records.

The British Columbian, Feb. 6, 1886


Today, our collections provide access to primary sources from all over the world, as well as our many more local communities, including:

Get to know even more histories in our international collections—such as Chinese Rare Books Collection and Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era—and access Open Collections.

While our collections are accessed mainly by residents of Canada, interest has been growing. In the last year alone, we’ve had visitors to our website from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Japan, India, and other countries.


Google Analytics Map, from Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018


Our team’s mission is to support and enrich the educational, cultural and economic endeavors of the University, the people of British Columbia and communities beyond. Thanks to the support of our amazing partners here at UBC and throughout the world, as well as the dedication of our many student workers, we have accomplished a phenomenal amount of work and will continue to thrive in that mission.

Thank you all for the past seven years, and the next seven to come!



Woolman, J. Advancing the digital agenda (UBC Library)

Derbyshire, D. Why ‘lucky 7’ really is the world’s magic number (Daily Mail)

Documentation (UBC Library Digital Initiatives)

Stibravy, R. The UBC Library Digitization Centre: our equipment and its uses (Slideshare)

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