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“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.

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

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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


Charles Woodward Memorial Room now open for silent study

Charles Woodward Memorial Room photo

Woodward Library invites UBC students, staff, faculty and the community to use their newly-reopened Charles Woodward Memorial Room for silent study.

The Memorial Room joins other spaces at UBC Library available for group and individual study. A full listing of these spaces offered is available online.





Tapestries with a rich history

The room’s two tapestries come from France and have a colourful history. The “Master of the Spirit” tapestry (pictured above) depicts a wealth of characters including Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Victor Hugo, and William Shakespeare. A unique aspect of this tapestry is that the weaver suffered a stroke before completing it. The honeycomb pattern in the right bottom corner demonstrates the neurological consequences of the stroke.

Acquired in 1967, the “Masters of Science” tapestry  (pictured below) was donated by the late Mr. P.A. Woodward. The Memorial Room is named in honour of his father Charles, founder of the former department store which bore his name.

The text in French at the bottom of the tapestry reads: “En proie aux tourments de l’Inconnu ils entretiennent au long des ages le feu de la Recherche.” Its English translation is: “Tormented by the unknown, they keep the sacred fires of research burning throughout the ages.

Visit the Memorial Room to enjoy this silent study space with a warm ambience. Woodward Library is located at 2198 Health Sciences Mall at the UBC Vancouver campus.


Search Methods for Systematic Reviews workshop March 10th, 12-3 pm

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology, with a focus on health sciences disciplines. Topics include: stages of the systematic review process; framing the search question with tools like PICO; searching Medline, other databases and grey literature sources; and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.

Please register here: https://events.library.ubc.ca/dashboard/view/6107

You can also consult our systematic reviews research guide or your subject librarian for more information about systematic reviews.

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