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UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 12 | Oct. 10, 2002

Ike Barber Donates $20 Million for Learning Centre

Major expansion planned for Main Library

By Michelle Cook

UBC’s Main Library will be transformed into a revolutionary new learning centre thanks to a $60 - million gift from UBC alumnus and B.C. entrepreneur Irving K. (Ike) Barber, Founding Chairman of Slocan Forest Products.

The B.C. government will contribute $10 million to the $50 million Centre, and both donations will be matched by UBC.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be constructed around the core of the Main Library, to add more than 18,000 new square metres of inside floor space and two square kilometres of outside space to the facility, all fully equipped to support wireless technology.

Once complete, the Centre will be the first facility in Canada to integrate information resources and services and interdisciplinary learning support facilities under one roof. It will be open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Centre will house “smart” classrooms, open computer labs, seminar rooms, distance learning support activities, and some of UBC’s interdisciplinary learning programs such as Arts One and Science One. The Centre will boast a laptop loan program for UBC and community users, Canada’s first automated storage and retrieval system for the library’s print collection, and a fireproof and climate controlled vault for the library’s rare books, archives and special collections.

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