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Mountain Legacy Project

From the 1880s through the 1950s surveyors with the Dominion Topographic Survey, the Geological Survey of Canada, and other government departments deployed an effective method of surveying the mountains of Western Canada known as phototopographic surveying. These methods left a legacy of systematic photographs with nearly complete coverage of much of the landscape, offering an unprecedented data set for researchers to analyze landscape conditions during a period of intense development and ecological transitions.

A Day in the Life of Shahira Khair

You have to look no further than pop culture for a bird’s-eye view on humanity’s ongoing relationship with data. Lieutenant Commander Data, an artificial intelligence and synthetic life form character on Star Trek, The Next Generation, has quite a bit in common with our new Data Curation Librarian: they both enjoy helping colleagues, and both have an affinity for data.


FrankenWeek is a series of interdisciplinary events celebrating the history, text, themes, and performance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. FrankenWeek events are open to the University of Victoria's students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. For more information, please visit

Science Literacy Week: Free Digital Workshops

The Digital Scholarship Commons assists faculty, students, staff, and the wider Victoria community in learning digital tools and digital research methodologies. We are an interdisciplinary space open to all and encourage cross-disciplinary conversations. We are interested in sparking opportunities for students and faculty from various disciplines to come together and talk about their work.

Science Literacy Week: Ian McTaggart Cowan

During Canada’s Science Literacy Week, visit the big screen digital and 3D exhibit, as the UVic Libraries celebrates the life of former Chancellor and champion of Canadian and BC ecology, Ian McTaggart Cowan. Also visit Special Collections to browse Cowan’s original hand written field notes and browse his extensive BC/Canadian ecology photo collection.

Film Shoot - August 17 and 18

A film production company, EFM3 Productions (VAN) Inc., will be shooting on location in front of the Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library on Friday, August 17. They are shooting the TV movie “An Emma Fielding Mystery: More Bitter Than Death.” Crews will be onsite from 8:00am with shooting expected to begin at 2:30pm. Filming will only take place outside the library. The company will be onsite until the early hours of Saturday morning, August 18. Please be aware that there may be disruption or small delays to staff and library users coming and going from the building during active filming.

UVic Libraries Publication Series

In 2013, the University of Victoria Libraries launched its publishing imprint and released the first in an ongoing series of award-winning publications devoted to our special collections and university archives. Prepared for publication by General Editor Christine Walde, Grants and Awards Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, these open-access volumes support the Libraries' commitment to dynamic learning and vital impact.

Research Value and Cultural Influence of Chinese Local Chronicles

Secretary General of the Chinese Local Chronicles Guidance Group (中国地方志指导小组) and President of the Chinese Local Chronicles Association, Dr. Ji Xiangde will speak about the local chronicles, a unique type of resources for Chinese studies. The compilation of local chronicles is a tradition which has lasted for hundreds of years in China. Till now there exist more than 8,000 titles of local chronicles before the Qing dynasty and over 35,000 modern titles. The talk will focus on the origin, history, development, format change and how these sources can be used by researchers.

Bike Lock Rentals

Thanks to the generous support of the UVic Campus Sustainability Fund, UVic Libraries is pleased to announce it is now lending out bicycle locks to the community. This service fulfills an important role of supporting clean, alternative forms of transit to campus. Students and faculty who forgot their lock at home can visit the Circulation Desk in the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library. Ask us and check out one of our new Kryptonite Evolution locks.

Ideafest 2018

Ideafest is UVic’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation, running from March 5–10, 2018. This year’s festival features over 40 outstanding events on topics ranging from climate change and chamber music to Indigenous law and antibiotic resistance. All events are free and open to the public.

The Malahat Review at Fifty

In 2013, the University of Victoria Libraries launched its imprint, and published the first in a continuing series of publications devoted to our archives and special collections. The publications support the Libraries' commitment to dynamic learning and vital impact and are meant to illustrate, in an accessible format, the rich collections housed at the University of Victoria.

Top stories of 2017

At UVic Libraries, we place great value on our relationships within the campus and beyond with our role in providing opportunities for lifelong learning. This is why we offer a diversity of resources and services for students, faculty, and the wider community. With 1.3 million visitors into UVic Libraries each year, and many more that engage in our digital spaces, we are the busiest locale on campus, and an inviting and welcoming entry point into all that the University of Victoria has to offer. As we plan and prepare for the beginning of the calendar year, we reflect on some of our accomplishments in 2017.

Welcome Videos

Have you ever wandered through the library with a question? These five-minute welcome videos will make you familiar with the library and our key services. Even better, it may be available in your mother tongue. With support from our student volunteers, we have seven videos in frequently-used languages on campus: Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

An Evening with Julie Angus

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award recipient and UVic alumna Julie Angus (MSc ’01), is known for being the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. Julie is a best-selling author who has co-produced two award-winning documentaries all the while continuing to embark on epic adventures, publishing photos and articles along the way. Join us for a presentation and discussion about her life as an explorer, scientist and writer as well as hear about her latest ground-breaking adventure.

Look Again: A Conversation with Guy Berthiaume

Do libraries and archives need a makeover? In the ever-changing world of technology and trends, cultural institutions are continually reinventing themselves to increase their visibility and maintain their relevance. On Nov. 2, a free public event presented by UVic Libraries in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library and Royal BC Museum will explore the important role that galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) play in today’s society.