Thank you for your interest in making a difference by giving to UBC Library.
Complete listing of Funding Opportunities at UBC Library:
- Arkley Croquet Collection Fund
- Annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize Fund
- Sandra Cawley Student Engagement Fund
- Chung Collection Family Fund
- David Lam Endowment For The Chung Collection
- Diana E. M. Cooper Endowment
- Diana Lukin Johnston Award
- Friends of the Art, Architecture and Planning Collection Fund
- Friends of Asian Library
- Friends of the Education Library Fund
- Friends of Koerner Library Fund
- Friends of the Law Library
- Friends of the Life Sciences Collection Fund
- Friends of the Library
- Friends of the Music Collection Fund
- Friends of Rare Books and Special Collections Fund
- Friends of University Archives
- Friends of Woodward Library Fund
- Harry Hawthorn Foundation Endowment
- Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Endowment
- Learning @ the Library
- Library Gift in Kind Fund
- UBC Library Parents Innovation Fund
- UBC Okanagan Special Collections and Archives
- Peggy Sutherland Memorial Library Endowment
- UBC Library Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collections Enhancement
- Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Endowment
- Sherrington Room/ Woodward Library Renovation Fund
- Suzanne Dodson Professional Development Award Endowment
- UBC Library Collection Enrichment Fund
- UBC Library Technology Endowment
- University of British Columbia Centenary Library Endowment
- Wireless Library @ UBC Fund
Arkley Croquet Collection Fund
Created by Tremaine and Gail Arkley, this fund supports the Arkley Croquet Collection, a whimsical collection of books, photographs, comics and other materials related to croquet. Tremaine Arkley, a former member of the U.S. Croquet team, donated this unprecedented collection in 2011. Donations to this fund are used for preservation and digitization of this unique collection.
Annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize Fund
Created in memory of former University Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs, this fund carries on Stuart-Stubbs’ legacy as a book-lover through awarding a prize to an outstanding scholarly book about British Columbia. Donations go towards the prize itself, as well as the eventual endowment of this fund to ensure that the prize is awarded in perpetuity. Visit the prize page for more information.
Sandra Cawley Student Engagement Endowment
The Chapman Learning Commons at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a collaborative and innovative learning space that brings together learners of all types – students, faculty, staff and community members. This fund supports the hiring of students as Chapman Learning Commons Assistants (CLCAs). Working in the Chapman Learning Commons provides students with a unique experience that allows them to grow both as students and as individuals. CLCAs are given the opportunity to design specialized programs for their peers and help new students adjust to university life. Many of our CLCAs express a feeling of greater connection with UBC and with fellow students following their year in the Learning Commons.
Chung Collection Family Endowment
The Chung Collection Family Endowment, created by Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung, supports and enhances the Chung Collection. In 1999, the Chung family donated this stunning array of 25,000 items which includes photographs, books, maps, and a painstakingly restored replica of the ship Empress of Asia. These treasures enhance our understanding of BC’s history, and are the pride of UBC Library’s collections. Your donation to this endowment allows for the continued provision of first-class reference services to students, scholars and community members; increased access to materials thanks to cataloguing and processing updates; and the proper exhibition, conservation and storage of the collection.
To find out more about the Chung Collection, visit its website.
David Lam Endowment for the Chung Collection
The David Lam Endowment for the Chung Collection is devoted to the enhancement of the Chung Collection through the development of special exhibitions, publications highlighting the collection, and outreach programs to the community. In particular, your support will assist in events such as colloquiums, workshops and educational programs that demonstrate the Chung Collection’s cultural and historical value. Funds will also be directed to lending exhibits or artifacts from the Chung Collection to other cultural institutions, and to providing support for scholars researching the Chung Collection. The Chung Collection is a nationally recognized collection of rare books, maps, photographs and artifacts that provides a fascinating and first-hand insight into events that shaped British Columbia and Canada.
The late Honourable David Lam created the David Lam Endowment for the Chung Collection in support of the wondrous collection assembled and donated to UBC by his friends, Drs. Wallace and Madeline Chung.
Diana E. M. Cooper Endowment
The Diana E.M. Cooper Endowment Fund was created by the Cooper family as a tribute to her years of service to the Library and its users. This fund is dedicated to the acquisition of materials for the study of creative and fine arts, and plays a vital role in the development of the Fine Arts collection. Diana Cooper was a reference librarian with UBC Library from 1965 to 2004, and during her 39 year tenure, she helped shape the Fine Arts Collection. Diana had a passion for fine and creative arts, including opera, classical music, ballet, writing, philosophy, drawing, and painting. Help continue Diana’s work and enhance the Fine Arts collection by donating to this fund.
Diana Lukin Johnston Award
Created in loving memory of a passionate reader and life-long learner, the Diana Lukin Johnston Award Endowment for Library Staff is awarded to UBC Library staff members who wish to pursue careers as professional librarians, or to UBC librarians wishing to further develop their skills through professional development.
Friends of the Library Funds
The Friends of the Library funds allow you to make a gift to one of UBC’s many library branches and collections. Peruse the list below to find the library which is most significant to you.
Friends of the Art, Architecture and Planning Collection Fund
Contributions to the Art, Architecture and Planning collection at UBC Library are used to purchase books, exhibition catalogues, image databases and other materials in the fields of art history, studio art, architecture and community and regional planning, with an emphasis on the Vancouver area. The collection includes more than 200,000 items (including more than 400 journal subscriptions) and is rich in resources on Canadian, Pre-Columbian, Asian, Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.
Friends of Asian Library
Since its inception in 1960, the Asian Library has developed the largest research collection of Asian language materials in Canada. The Asian Library holds more than 600,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and South Asian languages. While the collection is comprehensive in its range of subjects, it is especially strong in the humanities and social sciences. Contributions to this fund help preserve and enhance the collection of Asian materials and support special projects such as the care and digitization of rare materials. Past projects including digitizing rare Japanese Tokugawa 徳川 maps and the Chinese Times 大漢公報, the longest-running Chinese newspaper in Canada.
The Education Library is an important hub for student teachers, housing K-12 instructional resources, curriculum guides, BC recommended texts and a large collection of children’s literature. Contributions to this fund help enhance the Library’s collections and purchase the latest educational resources to ensure that UBC-trained educators are world class.
This fund is used to enrich the Humanities and Social Sciences collection, which includes materials in Anthropology, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Theatre and many more. Koerner Library also houses an extensive map and atlas collection, reference materials, and government publications from the Canadian Government, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and more . Funds are used to purchase new resources and older, out-of-print materials such as books, journals, online resources and other learning tools.
Friends of the Law Library
The Law Library caters to the study, reference and research needs of Law students and faculty. The Library houses a research collection of approximately 225,000 volumes acquired from major common law jurisdictions of the world including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the European Community and the Pacific Rim. Donations to this fund are used to purchase books in specialized and expanding areas of interest to ensure that a comprehensive research collection is maintained.
Friends of the Library
This general fund supports various needs across all of our Library branches and divisions. Funds may be earmarked according to a donor’s wish, but are generally used by the University Librarian to support priority projects such as renovation and refurbishment, digitization activities, collection enhancement and staff development.
The Life Sciences Collection, located in the Woodward Library, is the largest health sciences collection in Western Canada. The collection includes holdings in biology, botany, dentistry, forestry, land and food systems, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmaceutical sciences and zoology. This flexible fund covers general purpose needs such as special book purchases and equipment and furnishings for both Woodward Library and its satellite branch at Vancouver General Hospital.
Friends of the Music Collection Fund
The Music Collection, housed in the Music, Art + Architecture Library, holds one of the finest research collections of musical materials in Canada. Its fund is used to enrich these collections through the acquisition of expensive materials and to fill gaps in existing collections by purchasing older or out-of-print material. In particular, this fund is used to purchase books, music scores, journals, sound recordings and other materials. It can also be used to purchase or upgrade listening equipment.
UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections is dedicated to enhancing British Columbia’s legacy. Indeed, it holds the largest collection of B.C. historical material in any academic library. Donations to this fund go towards the purchase of special items, including locally produced, limited edition books, rare maps of voyages through early British Columbia and any items that complement its growing rare book collections.
Friends of University Archives
University Archives supports the maintenance of the University’s records by coordinating its records management program. University Archives disseminates information about UBC’s development and proud history to interested individuals at the University and beyond. This fund supports the ongoing digitization of photographs, paper documents and audio recordings. Projects supported include the development of an oral history program, periodic displays and the purchase of expensive, specialized equipment.
Friends of Woodward Library Fund
The Woodward Library is home to UBC Library’s science collections, including life sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, forestry, land and food systems, and more. Donations to this fund go towards general purpose needs such as special book purchases and equipment and furnishings.
Harry Hawthorn Foundation Endowment
The Harry Hawthorn Foundation for the Inculcation and Propagation of the Principles and Ethics of Fly-Fishing was established in 1953 during an angling expedition at Upper Campbell Lake. It involved eight UBC professors and Roderick Haig-Brown, noted author and conservationist. At the end of the holiday, it was decided by a judiciary hearing that all ill-gotten gambling gains would be put towards a foundation to purchase books for UBC Library about the genteel sport of angling. All members agreed to the wise decision, and endowment income continues to be used to purchase materials on fly-fishing, game fishing and angling. Donating to this endowment is the perfect choice for the fishing enthusiast.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Endowment
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre supports lifelong learning at UBC. It embodies innovation in education and the key elements of learning and research in the 21st century: Interaction, interdisciplinary work, internationalization and information technology. The Learning Centre houses UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture division, Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives and the Chapman Learning Commons. It also features Canada’s first automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), capable of holding up to 1.8 million volumes and retrieving items in mere seconds with remote controlled hydraulic lifts. Funds from this endowment are used to develop programs and purchase resources for users of the Learning Centre.
Learning @ the Library
Learning @ the Library serves to upgrade and modernize library equipment and learning spaces. Common uses of the fund include purchasing new scanners, monitors, self-service checkout machines and laptops for loan, as well as enhancing student spaces and buying special cabinets for non-standard collections such as maps and music scores.
Many of UBC Library’s greatest treasures are donated by collectors, authors and people like you. If you have a book or collection that you would like to donate to UBC Library, please contact the Library Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 827-4112.
UBC Library Parents Innovation Fund
A gift to the Parents’ Innovation Fund enables UBC Library to enhance student experiences through resources, programming and facilities. This flexible fund empowers the Library to allocate dollars where they are needed most. For example, Parents’ Innovation Fund donations helped support dramatic improvements to the garden level of Woodward Library. Students now flock to the bright, high-tech study space in “The Wood,” the southernmost Library branch on campus that serves a wide variety of students, despite its focus on the sciences.
With the help of parents like you, UBC Library can continue to build its collections of books, journals, periodicals and electronic resources to match students’ evolving needs, create more study spaces that promote learning and collaboration, and teach students to navigate an information-intensive world. Maintaining a top-rated Library system in the 21st century depends on the support of parents who understand that the Library remains central to learning and life for students at UBC.
UBC Okanagan Special Collections and Archives
UBC Okanagan Special Collections and Archives is a growing repository for historical materials related to the Okanagan. This includes the collection of documents, photographs, and audiovisual media detailing and depicting activities which have characterized the valley for generations, such as fruit growing and packing, winemaking, and the lumber industry. Your donation will help to capture the history of the Okanagan region so that students, researchers, and the public can learn from these valuable primary source materials.
Peggy Sutherland Memorial Library Endowment
The Peggy Sutherland Memorial Library Endowment Fund was created to honour the memory of Peggy Sutherland, a Vancouver nurse and active community volunteer who received her degree from St. Paul’s Hospital in 1950. The fund supports the Peggy Sutherland website, which offers an array of information resources for those working in healthcare. The site provides vital online resources about physical therapy, midwifery and nursing. The Peggy Sutherland Memorial Library Fund was created in 2000 thanks to the generosity of the Sutherland Foundation, a long-time supporter of the Library and its users.
UBC Library Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collections Enhancement
UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) contains significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, broadsides and pamphlets. Its collections are of national and international importance and attract researchers from around the world. This endowment is used to purchase books, manuscripts and other printed materials, as well as equipment such as map filing cabinets and digitization software. The RBSC endowment supports the comprehensive and costly care of these precious collections in perpetuity.
Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Endowment
The Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Collection helps further the education of life sciences workers through the purchase of world-class medical resources. The fund was created in honor of Rodger Stanton, a UBC educated doctor who worked as a surgeon and coroner at practices throughout BC. When he passed away in 1977, a library trust was founded in St. Paul’s Hospital to acquire resources for hospital staff. In 1998, the Sutherland Foundation, long-time supporters of health-related education, donated $1 million to the fund and created the Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Collection. In 2001, the endowment moved to UBC. Funds from this endowment go towards the purchase of materials for the Rodger Stanton Memorial Library Collection.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Woodward Library is looking to refresh its spaces for the next 50 years. The Sherrington Room, used for seminars and meetings, is a particular focus of the renovation. The revitalized Sherrington Room will be a state-of-the-art seminar and conference room and will feature reconfigurable tables, a ceiling-mounted projector and screen and video capturing technology. Used for meetings, presentations, lectures, labs and community events, the room will provide a welcoming gathering point for faculty, students and community partners.
Suzanne Dodson Professional Development Award Endowment
The Suzanne Dodson Professional Development Award Endowment Fund was created through donations from Suzanne Dodson, a 36-year veteran of UBC Library who retired in 1999. The award helps fund professional development opportunities for Library employees. As a long-time Librarian at UBC Library, Suzanne worked closely with Library Assistants and was keenly aware of their vital contributions.
During her time at UBC Library, Suzanne was awarded the President’s Service Award for Excellence (1997) as a result of the leading role she took in securing the free deposit of provincial government publications for academic libraries. She was also given an Honorary Life Membership in the British Columbia Library Association for her contributions to librarianship. Suzanne passed away in 2014.
Read more about recent award recipients.
UBC Library Collection Enrichment Fund
This fund is used to enhance UBC Library’s world-class collections through providing funding for subscriptions and specialized materials requested by faculty members. The fund is used to purchase a range of materials, including books, journals and digital resources.
UBC Library Technology Endowment
Technology is key to providing access to information resources for research, learning and teaching. This fund supports the purchase of equipment, software and services that provide UBC Library with the infrastructure to meet the learning and teaching needs of the 21st century. Examples include the acquisition of software for downloading e-books onto handheld devices, the purchase of digitization equipment and the expansion of online academic databases.
University of British Columbia Centenary Library Endowment
In 2015, UBC Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 with 20,000 books purchased in England and France, UBC Library has grown to include many divisions housing more than 7 million volumes, 1.4 million e-books, more than 290,000 journal titles, 5.3 million microforms, and more than 890,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials. Help keep UBC Library’s legacy strong by donating to this fund.
Wireless Library @ UBC Fund
New technologies play a key role in enhancing access to information and resources at the Library. The Wireless @ UBC Fund ensures that UBC Library users can benefit from these rapidly evolving technologies. Your support for this fund helps the Library make hand-held devices – including iPads – available to students so they can share information and participate in learning and research.