Walter C. Koerner Library

1958 Main Mall
Aitken Wregglesworth
$24 million
Sources of funds:
From donations to UBC's World of Opportunity Campaign, with matching funds from the provincial government and the President's discretionary funds
Architectural features:
This building is modern in materials and technology while classical in structure.Its base is made up of battered granite walls. Its back facade is clad in stucco with a grid of diamond-shaped windows. The central nave is top-lit by a shallow vault of translucent glass. The 7th level is finished in a sloping natural zinc roof.
Study space:
920 carrels and seperate rooms for group study
Capacity of stacks:
800,000 volumes
Construction Type:
Name History:
It is named after Walter C. Koerner in honour of his lifetime commitment to and support of the University and the Library and his substantial gift toward its construction.
Walter C. Koerner Library totals 17,200 square metres: 7,000 square metres of new construction and 10,200 square metres of renovated space from Sedgewick Library.
It was originally intended to be Phase I of a new Central Library; eventually, Main Library was re-built as the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre instead.
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