Woodward Blog

On Display in the Memorial Room: “Wild observations: Canidae and felidae around the world”

“Wild observations: Canidae and felidae around the world” showcases a selection of books from Woodward Library’s collection. The books on display in Woodward Library’s Memorial Room answer questions like: how can you identify a tiger by its stripes, how have foxes adapted to urban life, and what’s a jaguarundi?

Running concurrently with cat and dog themed exhibits across multiple library branches, Woodward Library’s focus on wild members of the cat and dog families exhibits highlights of fossil history, genetics and conservation exploring what ties together species members worldwide. In addition to discussing the most urgent dangers to these animals, the items in “Wild observations” also show successful measures that have helped protect vulnerable species.

The Great Reads collection at Woodward will also get a cat-and-dog takeover on January 13th, with popular science and nonfiction books available to check out.

“Wild observations: Canidae and felidae around the world” will be on display in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library from January 6 to February 28, 2020. Additional cat and dog themed displays can be found at Rare Books and Special Collections, the David Lam Library, Koerner Library, and the Education Library.

-Chantal Lyons-Stevenson

Global Environmental Justice Collection

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UBC Library has subscribed to the Global Environmental Justice Collection, a curated collection of streaming documentaries that can be shown in the classroom.

The films are suitable for use in a wide range of subject areas including Asian, Indigenous and environmental studies, geography, film making, journalism, anthropology, conservation biology, forestry, soil sciences, religion and the humanities.

Associated teaching guides highlight the environmental justice aspect of each film. The guides also include synopses, background information, suggested subject areas, discussion questions, activities, transcripts and supplementary resources.

Librarians – a vital part of the medical research lifecycle at UBC

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Librarians play a critical role in the research lifecycle at UBC.

See how at the article: Unique skillset makes librarians vital to medical research at UBC.


New Bioengineering content in JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

JoVE publishes high-quality video demonstrations of experimental techniques with detailed text protocols to increase scientific reproducibility and productivity.

In addition to renewing our subscription, we have added JoVE Bioengineering. This collection features the application of engineering tools in the life sciences to study biological processes and develop new therapies and diagnostics.

Access to this peer reviewed scientific journal has been renewed with thanks to funds from the Thomas Christopher Brayshaw Memorial Endowment, W.K. Burwell Fund, Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Fund, and the Southern Medical Program.

UBC Library now provides access to five sections of JoVE: Bioengineering, Biology, Immunology and Infection, Medicine, Neuroscience.


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

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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.