MAA Library

Music, Art and Architecture Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

1961 East Mall

The origin of the Music, Art and Architecture Library (MAA) at UBC can be traced back to the 1940s with the establishment of the “Fine Arts Room” in old Main Library. Building upon the vision of the Fine Arts  Room, our primary goals are to create and cultivate a strong and vital collection that supports the research needs of faculty and students, and to provide research support services for  the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; the School of Music, the School of Community and Regional Planning; the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the general public. Located on the third and fourth floors of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre the art, architecture, and planning portion of the collection numbers over 200,000 items, including over 250 current art journal subscriptions and monographic serials (in print and online), is rich in Canadian, Pre-Columbian, Asian, and Italian Renaissance and Baroque and contemporary art as well as the history of architecture.

The print collection includes monographs, catalogue raisonnés, exhibition catalogues, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. In addition, there are cabinets of vertical files with an emphasis on Canadian art and artists, architecture, and community and regional planning in Vancouver and beyond. The vertical files, and some Canadian exhibition catalogues are non-circulating. Access is during MAA reference hours; please ask at the reference desk for assistance.

The online collection includes full text articles published in art journals around the world as well as important databases indexing journal articles for the study of art (e.g., Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospectivethe, JSTOR, International Bibliography of Art, ARTBibliographies Modern) and the image database ARTstor. Electronic versions of important encyclopedias such as Grove Art Online and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics are also available to library users. The UBC Library provides access to a substantial number of electronic books, news, and reference materials in the humanities and social sciences, supporting the cross-disciplinary nature of art and art history.

In addition to building collections to support research, staff members at the MAA Library offer reference services in-person or by email, and phone. Library instruction sessions for classes, and individual research consultations are available by appointment for students and faculty.

Please visit our web site for contacts, access, and more information.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.