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The David Lam Library re-opened on February 8, 2011 as part of the new Canaccord Learning Commons, made possible by a gift from Canaccord Financial Inc. in honor of Canaccord chairman and founder Peter Brown, a Vancouver business leader and former chair of the UBC Board of Governors.

The David Lam Management Research Library, located in the UBC Sauder School of Business at UBC, was initiated by a donation from British Columbia’s former Lieutenant-Governor Dr. David See-Chai Lam, and has been generously supported by the BC business community.

The library opened in 1985 in the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, and in 1993, became a branch of the UBC Library, integrating services and two unique collections. It offers business books in print and online, electronic indexes and databases, electronic and print journals, working papers, corporate annual reports, videos and recent newspapers. The collection encompasses over 60,000 volumes and millions of electronic articles and other documents. It covers all facets of business management and is an important resource for students and academic researchers, as well as members of the business community.

Several unique collections include:

  • the Asian Commerce collection
  • Urban Land Economics
  • International Finance
  • Sales and Marketing

Around 260,000 visits are made to the library each year, and over 100 classes and orientation sessions are taught by the business librarians. Students and faculty request research assistance at the reference desk, but can also obtain online assistance via e-mail and instant messaging. Reference librarians provide research consultations and teach users how to select and use resources such as e-journals, databases and indexes. Individual training on specialized databases such as Bloomberg or Datastream is available by appointment.

The gift from Canaccord Financial has made it possible to renew the space and add new space that will serve our students better. The renovations include more and better group study space, quieter individual study space, better facilities for receiving coaching and tutoring, improved collaborative workstations, a new digital media studio, better displays for materials, and more space to offer workshops, presentations and other services being planned for the Canaccord Learning Commons.

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