Library + resource collections

There are a number of library resources that serve the needs of our community.

UBC library

The UBC library is the second-largest research library in Canada. The Music, Art, and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre houses the core architecture and landscape architecture collection. The more than 220,000 items in the collection include over 40,000 books or eBooks and 180 active print and digital journal subscriptions.

The library also provides access to major architecture journal indexes and databases, including:

Contact Paula Farrar for research appointments, library workshops, and collection development.

Reading room

While the central Music, Art, and Architecture Library houses the primary architecture and landscape architecture collection on campus, our reading room serves as a circulating library and study space, and provides access to material libraries in the Lasserre and Macmillan buildings. The collection also houses graduation projects and school archives dating back to 1951.

The reading room maintains a selection of key architecture journals, and the monograph collection reflects our courses, student interests, faculty research, and studies abroad.


Architecture collection
Room 9, Frederic Lasserre Building

Landscape architecture collection
Room 379, H.R. Macmillan Building

Material libraries

Our material libraries contain approximately 2,000 physical samples of building materials, including concrete, masonry, glass, and wood. They are available for circulation.


Architecture materials library
Room 9, Frederic Lasserre Building

Landscape architecture materials library
Room 281, H.R. Macmillan Building

Digital image collection

We maintain a digital image collection with photographs of studies abroad trips, studio programs, design build projects, and Canadian architecture. It currently contains approximately 5,000 images.

Reading room hours

2019W term 2:

Monday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The reading room is closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

Contact information

Reading Room
School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
The University of British Columbia
9 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2