Category Archives: News/Announcement

Renovation Projects Update (April 16 2012)

Asian Centre lobby upgrade

Timeline: March 5 – mid-May

–     New carpet already installed in March.

–      Lighting to be replaced and upgraded to improve usability of space.

–      8 additional electrical outlets, 3 work benches with seating, and low tables; 1 water fountain and a book return inside the building to be installed.


Access from Asian Centre front entrance might be compromised after library/building open hours on certain days, to be confirmed by Andrew Mah, Project Manager, UBC Project Services.


Asian Centre Roof Repair

Timeline: End of March – Aug 2012

–      Project notification received in mid-February.

–      Project mobilization started in mid-April. Project scope includes replacement of roof and sky light.

–      Building is to remain fully operational during May 16th – 19th, both dates inclusive.

–      Traffic management schedule, scaffolding at roof line level and sidewalk closure started Apr 16- Aug 12.

Contact: Eleanor Yuen, Head, Asian Library at or 604-822-5905

Works by Chinese American Writers

Jia de xi feng

嫁得西风 / 李彦

The Asian Library is happy to announce that we recently received a donation of 67 Chinese titles of monographs from the Society for Chinese Canadian Literature Studies (加拿大華人文學學會).  All are works written by Chinese American writers, including Huang Helang (黃河浪), Lin Tingting (林婷婷), Li Yan (李彥), Zeng Xiaowen (曾曉文)…etc .  Some of them are now on display at the Asian Centre entrance.  The books will be processed and available for circulating in the near future.

WCILCOS 2012 Conference: Chinese Through the Americas

University of British Columbia’s Asian Library is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with the Ohio University Libraries, it will host the 5th WCILCOS International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies on Chinese through the Americas. The event will be held May 16th to 19th, 2012 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

The conference now seeks roundtable, panel and paper proposals as well as poster presentations. Please visit for details.

Mourning Mr Anthony Hardy

The UBC Library Human Resources has the following announcement:

“Anthony Hardy passed away at his home today, May 25, 2011.
Anthony, originally from Indonesia, completed his Master’s degree in Library Sciences from the University of Indonesia. He worked as deputy head of the central library of the Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta before deciding to relocate to Canada. In November 1990, Anthony joined the UBC Library as Indonesian language Bibliographer in the Asian Library; a position he held to the present date.

On behalf of all of us at UBC Library, we extend our deepest sympathies to Anthony’s wife, his children and extended family members. He will be remembered fondly and missed.”

Asian Library Summer Hours (Apr 28- Sept 2, 2011)

Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays
Visit here for UBC Library open hours

Film on the making of Asian Centre now in cIRcle

The Consulate General of Japan recently made us aware of a short film entitled “The Big Idea“, which looks at Dr. Iida’s proposal to transport the roof of the Sanyo Pavilion (at the 1970 Osaka Expo) to UBC to create the Asian Centre. The film includes footage from the Osaka Expo, as well as UBC Campus at the time. UBC Archives has now digitized this film and has made it available through cIRcle. Please click on the following link to get to the item page, and then select “view in browser” (under files in this item) to quickly open and view the film.

Easter Open Hours

Asian Library open hours during the Easter weekend
(April 22-25):

Friday:  closed
Saturday: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Sunday: closed
Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit for branch hours.

Access to E-Books and Expanded On Line Database

With the support from a family trust fund, our subscription to Duxiu is paid up and service guaranteed. What is as exciting, if not more exciting is that the Library has also committed to fund the expanded and full access to all 9 China Academic Journal Databases. Now we have access to the China Doctoral and Master Dissertations database; the Conference Proceedings database; the Yearbook full-text database; the Core Newspaper and Reference Works Online databases on top of the 3 journal databases we currently enjoy. Please note that newly named China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database has replaced the former “China Academic Journals.”

Eleanor’ Message

Message from Eleanor Yuen
Head, Asian Library
of British Columbia

This year, we are celebrating our 50th birthday truly at another new era of knowledge creation and curation.

We know that it is imperative that we revisit our roles, re-configure our service model and repurpose our facilities. From the inception with the amassing of Chinese and Japanese classics in humanities to being the very place that users at UBC and beyond turn to for information on Asia, we have filled our shelves, physical and virtual with more than 580,000 items and delivered information on multiple platforms that is rich with databases, web sites, blogs, videos, images, audios and much more. We respond to users’ changing study habits and demands, face-to-face or online through social networks. Our commitments to the community run deep and we have been welcoming an exponential number of community members. We are privileged to call the beautiful Asian Centre home but we have yet to improve the functionalities of the space and the ambience of the library.

Our 2010 team of ten needs to champion the necessary transition from print to on-line collections and help patrons to adapt to the state-of-art information skills. Predictions about information trends and future technologies may always be fraught with uncertainty. While we are excited by the opportunities on the horizon, we also have to reposition ourselves for the burgeoning virtual world and the growing and diverse user communities that support and challenge us. It is no long satisfying to find strength in the supremacy of number. Rather, with the largest Asian collection in Canada in seven languages as the cornerstone of the library, we must stay forward-looking, courageous, agile and adaptable.

Together with our users, may we strive to bridge Asian culture with that of Canada and indeed North America and be a living library of Asian studies and research in the new era of information ecology.

Could we combine wisdom of the east
with the progress or “push” of the west in a Latin phase of 3 or 4 words
Sketch of UBC Crescent Frank Westbrook fonds, Box 1-17

Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.
— All things are changing, and we are changing with them

Cheers to the three “r” s at the Asian Library!

Peter Ward Open Essay Contest

In celebration of the Asian Library’s 50th birthday, UBC Library is pleased to announce the Peter Ward Open Essay Contest.

The contest’s theme is “How has the Asian Library helped you achieve your goals?” It aims to challenge students and community users to review their experiences and contemplate the Asian Library’s future. Essay topics on collections, services, facilities, space and your vision of the Asian Library will be accepted.

The winning essayist will receive $500!

At the Asian Library, we strive to bridge Asian, Canadian and North American cultures so we are truly a living library of Asian studies and research. We respond to users’ changing study habits and demands, face-to-face or online. Our commitments to the community also run deep.

We are privileged to call the beautiful Asian Centre home – but we would like to improve the Library’s space and ambience. By sharing your experiences and ideas, you will be part of a milestone in the Asian Library’s development.


Essay submissions will be judged by a panel of UBC faculty and librarians. Entrants are encouraged to use images, videos, sound files and other formats to illustrate their ideas.

Application Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all.
  2. All entries must be received (mail or electronic) on or before deadline date. Mail to:

Peter Ward Essay Contest
The Asian Library
1871 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2

OR submit by e-mail to

  1. Submissions in any ONE of the following languages will be accepted: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Indonesian, English.
  2. All essays must be titled and signed, accompanied by an electronic file.
  3. Essays must contain a minimum of 1,000 words and no more than 1,500 words.
  4. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, on one-sided 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
  5. Student entries should include the name of the school or university the entrant is attending.
  6. All entries must include a cover sheet with the entrant’s legal name, mailing address, e-mail address if available and telephone number.
  7. The Asian Library retains the right to quote, publish or upload the essays in part or in entirety for administrative and educational purposes.
  8. All entries become the property of the Asian Library and will not be returned to the writers.

The winner will be notified by mail or e-mail and invited for the presentation of the award on March 5, 2010 at UBC.