Access IKBLC

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is available to all, no reservations are required.  The space is organized to ensure a safe and respectful environment. UBC students, faculty, and staff may access desktop computers, printing, and scanning. Bookable study rooms are also available.

Safety Guidelines:

Complete the BC Self-Assessment Tool the day you visit IKBLC and follow the guidelines provided.

Do not enter the space if...

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms or have experienced COVID-19 like symptoms in the past 14 days.
  • You have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms within the past 14 days.
  • You have traveled outside of Canada or arrived from outside of Canada in the past 14 days.

Non-medical masks are Mandatory in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. An appropriate mask must have two layers of tightly-woven fabric (cotton or linen), or be a commercially produced disposable non-medical mask, and securely fit, without gaping, over the nose and mouth with ties or ear loops.

All individuals in the building are recommended to maintain a 2-meter distance. Gathering in high-traffic areas, like a hallway, is not permitted.

Masks are required IKBLC for your safety and the safety of others.

Space Use Guidelines:

  • Entry is located at the East Mall entrance. Campus Security will be monitoring entry.
  • You are not permitted to let others into the building.
  • Water fountains and vending machines are available for food and drink access. Please come prepared.
  • Students are requested to complete the COVID-19 Student Safety Training Course:
  • Booking to enter The Irving K Barber Learning Centre is no longer required.

Book a study room in IKBLC

Learn how to book a study room.

There are rooms available in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre on the 1st floor, and on the 3rd and 4th floors in the Music, Art & Architecture Library.  These rooms must be booked in order to use.

  • Bookings are made online through the Library Room Booking System.
  • These rooms are available to book for students, faculty, or staff members for up to four hours, three times per week.
  • Community members may book at the door if capacity allows.
  • All bookable rooms have at least one charging outlet.

Use Policies

To ensure fair access to all users, please observe the following

  • Rooms 192-194 are available when the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is open and must be vacated 15 minutes prior to closing.
  • Masks are required if more than one person is in the room.
  • Individuals can book up to 4 hours per day, 3 times a week, up to 7 days in advance.
  • Last room booking of the day is 2 hours prior to closing.
  • Rooms are to be used in compliance with the UBC Library Food and Drink Policy.
  • If you have unique academic circumstances that require you to book this room for more than 4 hours or requires invigilation (i.e. a UBC exam that is more than 4 hours) with an additional individual in the room, please email to consider your request.

If you have any questions, reach out to

Computers and printers/scanners are available on the 2nd and 3rd floors of IKBLC.

  • Students, faculty, and staff can access our computers with a CWL login.
  • Alumni should be able to use their CWL login as well, but if you have issues, please ask for a one-time Guest Access Login at the Help desk on the 3rd floor. Photo ID required.
  • Community Users can come to the Help desk to request a one-time Guest Access Login. If you would like a personal, reusable login, we can arrange for one to be issued to you - please indicate your interest when speaking with our staff.

Materials to sanitize the computers and scanners before and after use are available throughout the Learning Centre, and staff will frequently sanitize the printers/scanners. 

We will have staff available to assist you with computers, printing, and scanning from a 2 meter distance from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday as well as 10:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday, at the Chapman Learning Commons Help Desk located on the 3rd floor. You can find out more information about the Chapman Learning Commons by visiting its website here 

Who can visit IKBLC? At this time, IKBLC is open to everyone- students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Do I need to book to visit the space? No. Everyone is welcome and booking is no longer required. If you would like to book a private study room please see the directions above.

What are the rules regarding masks? You are required to wear your mask while in the space.

What safety protocols are in place? The building is monitored by security to ensure the safety of our patrons.

It is very quiet! Do I have to go to a certain place to talk? The only designated quiet study area is the Musequeam Reading Room on Level 4. You may talk in person or via video chat anywhere else in the building, but we encourage our patrons to be respectful of others in the space. We recommend booking a study room in advance for an extended video chat. In addition, Level 1 has a lot of large open space and a large classroom; these spots are also recommended for in-person or video chats.

I need assistance, where can I go?

We will have staff available to assist you with computers, printing, and scanning from a 2 meter distance from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday as well as 10:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday, at the Chapman Learning Commons Help Desk. 

How can I get research help? You can use our chat service, AskAway. The chat service is staffed by UBC Library, but at peak service times or off-hours, you may be connected with a librarian from another academic library.
Subject librarians with expertise in specific subject areas are available to UBC students and instructors for consultations. Once you identify a librarian, you can schedule an appointment with them via email.

Can I borrow a laptop charger or other equipment? We have reopened our equipment loans. Please visit the Chapman Learning Commons Help desk to learn more.