Woodward Blog

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


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.

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR)


Woodward Library is pleased to announce that as a result of generous donations from the Estate of Robert Charles Brooke and the Estate of Richard Irving Greyson, UBC now has a subscription to TAIR (The Arabidopsis Information Resource).

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) is a database of genetic, genomic, and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Data includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression and protein localization data, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, curated relevant publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community.

TAIR is an essential resource for plant biologists worldwide. At UBC researchers in the Faculties of Science, Forestry and Land & Food Systems use TAIR routinely to not only study Arabidopsis but other plants as well. As an example, one recent study by UBC researchers published in the journal Science successfully used Arabidopsis to visualize the synthesis of cellulose. TAIR will also be of benefit to undergraduate students enrolled in higher level courses such as BIOL 337 (Introductory Genetics Laboratory), BIOL 433 (Plant Genetics) and BIOL 440 (Plant Genomics).

Celebrate Science Literacy Week!



Come and celebrate science at Woodward Library and at other venues on campus and around town! In its second year, Science Literacy Week (September 21-27, 2015) has gone nation-wide with 100 participating institutions from nearly 50 cities!

What’s going on at Woodward Library?

  • Robots! 3D printing! Biological specimens!
    Drop by Thursday 3:00-4:30pm for some hands-on science with folks from the Beaty MuseumEngineering Physics, Open Robotics and UBC Rapid.
  • Fascinating science documentaries! Bring your lunch and watch a movie in the Sherrington room (daily 12-1pm).
    Monday – Dirt! the movie
    Tuesday – Gone sideways: serendipity in science
    Wednesday – Planet Earth
    Thursday – Smarty plants: uncovering the secret world of plant behaviour
    Friday – Fractals: hunting the hidden dimension
  • Great Reads! Discover the science books that have inspired UBC Faculty. Better yet, borrow one!
  • Why do you love science?! Tell us why on the whiteboard.

What’s going on around campus?

What’s going on around town?

New eBook Collections

Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP)
A new initiative from the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) will make their content more accessible. UBC Library has purchased ebooks for 2014 to 2016 (an estimated 2100 titles) from the following publishers: University of British Columbia Press, University of Alberta Press, Athabasca University Press, University of Calgary Press, ISER Books / Memorial University of Newfoundland Press, Presse de l’Université Laval, University of Manitoba Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Canadian Mennonite University Press, Les Presse de L’Université de Montreal, University of Ottawa Press, Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Presses de l’Université du Quebéc, University of Regina Press, University of Toronto Press and Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Since 2011, UBC Library has purchased more than 20,000 ebooks from Springer in the areas of behavioural science, biomedical & life sciences, business & economics, chemistry & materials science, computer science, earth & environmental science, energy, engineering, humanities, social sciences & law, mathematics & statistics, medicine, physics & astronomy, and professional & applied computing. The Library has entered into another agreement with Springer to purchase ebooks for 2015 to 2017. Springer content is heavily used by the UBC community and is a favoured platform because there are no digital restrictions and content is purchased outright.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
University Press Scholarly Online (UPSO) hosts content from university presses in the United Kingdom and United States. UBC Library has purchased ebook packages for 2015 from four publishers: Oxford University Press (1310 titles), University of Chicago Press (94 titles), Stanford University Press (58 titles) and Yale University Press (51 titles).

International Year of Light

As the days are getting longer, what better way to begin 2015 than by recognizing International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL)?

Designated by the United Nations, International Year of Light is described on the IYL website as a “global initiative which will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It is an unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.”

Woodward Library is recognizing IYL with a display and a selection of Great Reads related to light and light-based technologies.

Start at the beautiful display along the northeast wall to appreciate the importance of light from ancient times to modern day. While you’re there, help yourself to free IYL pins, shiny bookmarks and bright yellow notepads courtesy of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics and a founding partner for International Year of Light.

light picture

Follow the ray of sunlight from the display to the Great Reads shelf where you’ll find titles such as Blackholes: an introduction, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the great debate about the nature of reality, Radioactive boy scout, and Solar energy projects for the evil genius. We broadened the scope to include many aspects of light, including human health, colour and photosynthesis so you might see a few surprises like Dark nights of the soul, Indigo: Egyptian mummies to blue jeans, and Seeds: time capsules of life.

Keep an eye on that shelf! New books are still arriving.