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Join us November 27 for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on Romeo + Juliet

Starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, this 1996 version of Shakespeare’s play features visually stunning and colourful sets as the Montagues and Capulets wage war and star-cross lovers meet their tragic destiny. 

Hosted by Sarah Grant, a PhD student from Simon Fraser University, this Cinema Salon noon screening is free. 

Location: Koerner Library, room 216

Genre: Drama, Romance
Run time: 120 minutes


For more information on the Videomatica Collection or the Cinema Salon series, please visit videomatica.library.ubc.ca.

Don’t miss our new monthly series of screenings from the UBC Library’s feature film collection in Koerner Library. On the last Thursday of every month, join lovers of cinema to view and discuss titles from the Videomatica Collection

The inaugural screening this term will be hosted by Stephen Heatley, Professor of Theatre, on Thursday September 25, at noon, in Koerner 216 with a screening of Trevor Nunn’s film version of Twelfth Night (1996).

Twelfth Night, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, and Ben Kingsley, is Shakespeare’s classic comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. This film screening coincides with the opening of the Dept of Theatre and Film’s stage version. 

Directed by Trevor Nunn 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
Run time: 134 minutes


This film screening coincides with the Department of Theatre and Film’s stage version of Twelfth Night, which opens September 25.

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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’s Spring Update in the BCLA Browser features updates on the launch of the much-loved Videomatica film collection; the donation of the exceptional Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs;  the latest winner of the Innovative Dissemination of Research Award; and more.

The BCLA Browser is the online, open access publication of the British Columbia Library Association.

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Film fans, rejoice – Videomatica’s legendary film collection is now accessible for borrowing from UBC and SFU libraries.

Catalogued and available for borrowing, the unparalleled collection spans more than 35,000 titles, including feature films from more than 75 countries, documentaries, cult and art films, Canadian works and selections from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

UBC and SFU acquired the $1.7-million collection after Videomatica’s 2011 closure, thanks to a donation and purchase agreement brokered by Vancouver philanthropist Yosef Wosk. UBC received about 28,000 movie DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and 900 Blu-rays and SFU received more than 2,500 documentaries.

“From the moment we received the Videomatica collection, we knew how fortunate we were to share it with communities at UBC and beyond,” says Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “The accessibility, preservation and expertise that UBC Library provides will ensure that the collection can be viewed, enjoyed and utilized for generations to come.”

Please visit the announcement and the Videomatica site for details on the collection, access and more. 


The latest issue of UBC Library’s Friends newsletter is now available online (PDF). 

Highlights include recent acquisitions from Videomatica, transformations to physical library spaces, exhibits and a showcase of the Chung Collection. In addition, Dr. Irving K. Barber and Basil Stuart-Stubbs, both supporters of the Library, are remembered in memoriam.

Friends readers are encouraged to fill out a readership survey and enter in a draw to win a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate. The survey is open until December 21, 2012.

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The latest on UBC Library appears in the Spring 2012 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter, published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

Scroll to page 27 for the UBC entry – which includes a tribute to Irving K. Barber, an update on the Library’s new Community Report, notable film donations and more.

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UBC Library’s Winter Update appears in the new issue of the BCLA Browser (Volume 4, no.1), the newsletter of the British Columbia Library Association.

Have a read and find out about the exceptional Videomatica film collection being housed and preserved by UBC and SFU; the B.C. Historical Newspapers Project; a CLIR meeting at UBC Library; the latest instalment of Live-in for Literacy: exhibitions at Rare Books and Special Collections; the Great Reads leisure reading program; and exciting news involving cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository.


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