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University of British Columbia: Vancouver Campus

University of British Columbia


Institution: University of British Columbia

About the Vancouver campus libraries:
The original library, established in 1914, was moved to the main library location on the Vancouver campus in 1925. The first additional library space was added in 1948, with the rest following during the latter half of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century. As of 2000, the UBC library system claims the largest collection of Asian language materials in Canada.



  • Asian Library
  • David Lam Management Research Library
  • Education Library
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, including:
    • Chapman Learning Commons
    • Music, Art and Architecture Library
    • Rare Books and Special Collections
    • University Archives
  • Koerner Library
  • Law Library
  • Woodward Library
  • Xwi7xwa Library

Japanese Studies

Centre for Japanese Research

Department of Asian Studies
  • Approximately 6,000+ undergraduate students
  • Japanese Language and Culture major
  • Honours program in the department
  • Over 75 faculty and professional staff
  • Courses offered in anthropology, sociology, arts, asian, Asia-Pacific policy, geography, history, law, political science, and theatre.
  • Bachelor's of Arts in Asian Studies with a major in Japanese. Minor in Japanese also available. Emphasis on history, language, literature, and politics. Undergraduate admissions, with placement test information for the Asian Studies Department.
  • M.A. in Asia Pacific Policy Studies is offered through the Institute of Asian Research. Admission information.
  • Ph.D. in Japanese offered. Admission information.
  • Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships also offered. Admission information.
  • Study abroad programs offered through ten Japanese universities.

Other Programs of Interest

The Institute of Asian Research established in 2003 an Asia Pacific Business and Rconomic Policy Research unit to promote research on issues of the economic transformation and development of Asian countries among researchers and graduate students from the institute.

The Institute of Asian Research recently launched the second phase of this program, entitled "Understanding Coordinated Compliance with International Tade and Human Rights Standards in Comparative Perspectives." This second phase supports a fully integrated program of research, student training, knowledge transfer activities, publications, and more.

The intensive, 12-month program for teacher candidates offers a secondary school specialization, which prepare the students methodologically to teach one or two subject specializations, including Japanese.

How to Use the Facility

Library cards
The University of British Columbia library system requires a library card for use. A library card can be obtained onsite at the main library. Further directions for obtaining a library card, and its potential cost, can be found here.

Self-service photocopying and printing is available with a UBC Library photocopy/printing card, which can be obtained at a card machine at any of the branch libraries or circulation desks. Cards require a $1 refundable deposit.

The price of a photocopy or printed page is 7¢ for black and white, or 40¢ for color. A page is defined by the university as one side of a 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.
For up-to-date photocopying and printing costs and policies, please visit UBC's Photocopying page.

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