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Science Literacy Week – Please join us!

Get hands-on with UBC science and technology at Science Literacy Week (September 17-23, 2018)!

UBC's Seed Lending Library
Science Expo
Come explore robots, experiments, 3D printers, crafts, the Seed Lending Library, and more. Includes children’s activities and light refreshments.
UBC Farm Workshop & Science Expo
Get started with a seed saving workshop at UBC Farm (Seed Library members contact seed.library@ubc.ca for a discount code) & join the Seed Lending Library at the Science Expo.
National Learn to Code Day
Join the Intro to Browser Extensions with JavaScript workshop from Canada Learning Code and UBC Library.
When: Tues Sept 18, 10am-12pm
Where: Woodward Library
When: Fri Aug 30, 6-8pm (workshop)
Where: UBC Farm

When: Sat Sept 22, 10:15am-4:15pm
Where: Lillooet Rm, IKBLC 1961 East Mall

This year, UBC Library is celebrating with a Science Expo, to be held in the main entrance area of Woodward Library on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone, including students, faculty and the wider UBC community, is encouraged to drop by the event to visit the booths and get a glimpse of the amazing science that’s happening right on campus.

There will be several UBC Library partners at the event, including:

  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Engineering Physics
  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) at UBC
  • Open Science Network DIYBio
  • UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST)

At UBC Library’s booth, expect to get hands-on with Arduino coding and electronics kits, interactive demos with AnatomyTV and Birds of North America, and more. We’ll also be talking about our Seed Lending Library, which allows anyone to pick up seeds free of charge, while providing opportunities to learn about gardening, seed saving, and agricultural research at UBC.

Draw for “seedy” gift basket

The Seed Lending Library works because borrowers return their seeds at the end of the season. With that in mind, we encourage you to save some seeds from your garden and return them to the UBC Seed Lending Library.

*** September seed donors can enter their name in a draw for a seedy gift basket! ***

Bring your seedy donations to one of the Seed Lending Library locations below, or to Science Expo.

Science Expo

Tuesday September 18th from 10am-12pm | Woodward Library

Free, family friendly event with activities and light refreshments

Come celebrate Science Literacy Week with fun activities and amazing science from organizations like the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Open Science Network, Engineering Physics, the Seed Lending Library, and others.

Seed Lending Library locations:

Education Library, 2125 Main Mall

Woodward Library, 2198 Health Sciences Mall

Additional resources to help you easily save some seeds: 

Alternatively, if you didn’t manage to save seeds (confession – my family just harvested and ate all the peas I was planning to save!), please feel free to donate a package or two of commercially grown seeds.

More info at the UBC Seed Lending Library webpage guides.library.ubc.ca/seedlendinglibrary/save and at the library.

“And there’s the humour of it” display

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018 at UBC

Continue reading ““And there’s the humour of it” display”

Earth Day @ Wesbrook Community Centre

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Wesbrook Community Centre Lounge, 3335 Webber Lane

Join the UBC Seed Lending Library for an Earth Day celebration. “Borrow”  a few seeds to get your garden started, enjoy a storytime performance and family friendly planting activities. Borrow picture books and gardening books from the UBC Library pop-up collection. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Do you have seeds to share? The Seed Lending Library is accepting your non-hybrid, open-pollinated seeds to support our collection. Both saved and purchased seeds are welcome!

About the Seed Lending Library

The Education and Woodward Seed Lending Libraries allow anyone to “borrow” seeds free of charge. Our seeds come from the UBC Farm, West Coast Seeds, and the BC Eco Seed Co-op. They are well suited to local growing conditions, and promote sustainability and good health. We invite you to donate seeds from your crop at the end of the growing season.

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Body Snatching & the Roots of Anatomy



Body Snatching & the Roots of Anatomy
Woodward Library, Memorial Room
Sept 18 – Nov 3, 2017


Andreas Vesalius’s great anatomical atlases allowed us to see inside the human body in revolutionary ways. His focus on human anatomy changed the way we practice medicine by encouraging anatomists, physicians, and students to gain practical experience with human dissection. Woodward Library’s Body Snatching & the Roots of Anatomy exhibit highlights how some of the great anatomists and texts changed the way physicians trained and practiced medicine, as well as the less savoury consequences of anatomy’s increased need for human bodies. By the 18th and 19th centuries, body snatching and the practice of dissecting executed criminals had grown significantly, both capturing the public imagination, and in the case of Edinburgh’s Burke and Hare, inspiring murder.


NEW! UBC Seed Lending Library located at Woodward and Education Libraries!

Come and borrow seeds from the new UBC Seed Lending Library located at Woodward and Education Libraries!


The UBC Seed Lending Library allows anyone to “borrow” seeds free of charge, and provides opportunities to learn about gardening, seed saving, and agricultural research and teaching at UBC.

Construction on Woodward Library entrance

Woodward Library will receive a new front entrance to meet Accessibility requirements. Work will begin after final exams in December, and continue for approximately 3 months. During this time, Woodward Library’s entrance will be moved and accessible from what is currently an emergency exit on the north side of the building, down the accessibility ramp.  The book drop will be closed for the duration and after hours returns can be made at any other UBC Library book drop.

As the front of Woodward Library will be rebuilt, we are planning to update the course Reserve section.  This will create a lounge-type study space with 33 additional seats and more power as well as a librarian/patron consult space.

Woodward entrance map

Woodward Library entrance map


Woodward north entrance

Woodward Library north entrance


Journal of Visualized Experiments

jove logo

Thanks to a generous donation from the Estate of Thomas C. Brayshaw, UBC Library now has a three-year subscription to four sections of the Journal of Visualized Experients (JoVE), a peer reviewed scientific video journal.

The Library does not have access to the other sections (Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Behavior, Cancer Research, Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Engineering, Environment, Genetics). If your department is interested in partnering with the Library to fund one or more of these sections, please contact Sally Taylor at Woodward Library.

Science Literacy Week in pictures


Woodward Library joined more than 140 organizations across Canada to celebrate Science Literacy Week from September 19-25. Activities included a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to expand or create entries for UBC women scientists, a Science Expo where participants experienced the amazing science at UBC and in the community, a Living Library where graduate students could be “borrowed” like books to talk about their inspiring research, and several colourful displays including the UBC faculty-recommended Great Reads and the Scientifish felt board that captured what folks love about science.

We’d like to thank all of the participants who brought their energy and know-how to the events. Check out our photo album to see the fun and learning that transpired!

Celebrate Science Literacy Week 2016 Sept 19-25





Canada celebrates Science Literacy Week from September 19-25, 2016. Join UBC Library, in partnership with SFU and BCIT and attend one of these free events. Detailed information is available on the Library Guide to Science Literacy Week.

No registration is required.
All events take place at
Woodward Library (2198 Health Science Malls, UBC Vancouver campus).

All Week

Great Reads
Borrow a science book that has inspired a UBC Faculty member.

“Why I love science!” visual display
Tell or show us what you love about science at the Scientifish, I ❤️ Science felt board or the Dress Like a Scientist photobooth.

Wednesday, September 21

11 am – 12 pm Wikipedia Workshop
12 pm – 3 pm Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 

2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science. As part of this event, learn how to edit Wikipedia entries with Erin Fields (UBC Library) and Will Engle (Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology) in the Wikipedia Workshop. After, help contribute to Wikipedia entries on notable UBC women in science in an Edit-a-thon with others at SFU and BCIT Libraries. Learn to create a Wikipedia account before the Edit-a-thon and follow the hashtag #womensciwiki. Free pizza has been donated by Pie R Squared.

Thursday, September 22

12 pm – 1 pm IEEE Lunch & Learn
Calling all computer science and engineering students! Join Michael Shapiro from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to learn about the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, a web database of more than 3 million scientific documents. Topics covered are available on the event pageFree Pie R Squared pizza will be provided by IEEE.

12 pm – 3 pm Science Expo
Enjoy an afternoon of science with the Open Science Network DIYBio, UBC Rapid, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and more! Includes robots, arduino kits, button-making, and the fascinating science behind book preservation.

1 pm – 3 pm Living Library
In the Living Library, people stand in for books. Borrow a living book and learn about each book’s inspiring research.

Join the online conversation.
Tweet us @ubclibrary with the hashtags #scilit16 and #womensciwiki