Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- 1961 East Mall
- Phase I (north wing) 2005; Phase II (centre block and south wing) 2008.
- Downs Archambault & Partners, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates
- $68 million
- Sources of funds:
- Irving K. Barber, BC Government, UBC.
- Architectural features:
- Occupies former site of Main Library.
The north wing houses the state-of-the-art
Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that expands the Library's
capacity to house print materials. The ASRS consists of four aisles, each
measuring 100 feet long, 65 feet high and 45 feet wide. Floor-to-ceiling
shelves store 19,000 stainless steel bins, which contain about 800,000
bar-coded volumes and other materials. In each aisle, automated mini-load
cranes slide back and forth on tracks. The ASRS is linked to the Library's
online catalogue. After Library staff or users request an item, the robotic
cranes identify and retrieve the correct steel bin, matching the location
of the bin to the requested bar code. The automated cranes deliver bins
to a sorting station where staff retrieve and relay requested items to
the circulation desk. The entire process takes about two minutes. The north
wing also features a fireproof vault for rare and special collections and
the Ridington Room, a new double-floor reading area with original, commissioned
Centre block consists of the original 1925 Library building with substantial
earthquake and fire safety upgrades, and features the Chapman Learning
Commons (former main concourse). The south wing includes classroom and office
space, with state-of-the-art multimedia and communications services.
- Construction Type:
- Concrete, steel, and glass.
- Name history:
- Named for major private donor Irving K. Barber.
- Use history:
- UBC Library; School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies; Arts
One; Science One; Teaching and Academic Growth (TAAG).
- UBC Public Affairs, UBC Reports
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