Library Garden Design Process

UBC is in the process of revitalizing Library Garden, the public green space between Memorial Road and Agricultural Road, in front of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Since September, UBC has been engaging the campus community on the revitalization of Library Garden, which will also be home to the new Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre.

The result of the planning process will be proposed designs for Library Garden and the Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre that will be put forward for approval to the UBC Board of Governors in Spring 2016. The Centre and Garden are expected to be completed in 2018.

The Garden also provides another opportunity for the University to reflect upon and strengthen its relationship to the Musqueam people, on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory both the Garden and the University stand.

Here you’ll find information about the project background and context, the Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre, what we heard in Phase 1 public consultation earlier this Fall, the design principles behind the draft concept, the draft design concept, and on the public consultation process and the project timeline. 

Public Consultation

Throughout the planning process there are numerous opportunities for you to learn about the project and share your input.

Online Consultation – November/December 2015 (now closed)

Online consultation took place from November 23 – December 6, thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

Past Events

The following events took place as part of the recent consultation:

  • Information Booth – Wednesday, November 25 from 11am – 1pm at The Nest (please note the info booth will have basic information about the process and will not be as comprehensive as the open house)
  • Public Open House – Wednesday, December 2 from 11am – 2pm at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

The landscape architects and Campus + Community Planning staff were on hand at the open house to answer questions and discuss the project.

Questions about the project? Please contact Gabrielle Armstrong, Senior Manager, Consultation, at or 604-822-9984.