Monday, December 15, 2014

Points to the Past Initiative

All B.C. residents now have access to the Gale primary research databases made available by an agreement arranged by UVIC, UBC and SFU Libraries.  This exciting initiative opens up access to all Gale Digital Collections including Indigenous Peoples: North America, Nineteenth Collections Online as well as many other digital collections.  For complete details about these resources, click here.  Access to these databases will be set up shortly from our Research Databases webpage.

Posted by Mary-Anne
December 15, 2014

Abbotsford Library 2nd Floor Closed

Starting December 16th, the 2nd Floor is CLOSED!

·         The library’s 2nd Floor carpet is being replaced.
·         There is no student access to the STACKS. Only staff can access the 2nd floor.
·         If there is a book that you would like, please ask for it at the Circulation Desk.
·         We apologize for the inconvenience. But we hope you join us in looking forward to the new carpet in January! Thank you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chilliwack Library Closure Tuesday, December 16

Chilliwack Library Closure Tuesday, December 16

The Chilliwack campus library will be closed for a library event on Tuesday, December 16. The Abbotsford library remains open that day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Posted by Lisa, Dec. 3, 2014

Library Catalogue Unavailable December 16 to 18

Library Catalogue Unavailable December 16 to 18

UFV Library is upgrading our systems December 16 to 18. During that period, the library catalogue will only be available through Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) “articles and more” tab, which is accessed from the prominent search box at the top of the library homepage.

Library staff will be able to check out materials manually and receive returned materials, but will not be able to process these transactions electronically until after the upgrade is complete. Library staff will also not be able to check library account status, accept payment for fines or process any requests that include accessing library users’ accounts.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will do our best to get the system running again as quickly as possible. If you have questions or concerns, please email or phone Brenda Philip at, local 4191, Leslie Olsen at, local 2468, or Moira Guzyk at, local 4202.

Posted by Lisa, Dec.3, 2014

Library Holiday Hours

Library Holiday Hours

Starting Dec. 17, both Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus libraries will operate under reduced hours until the winter semester begins on Monday, January 5.

Tues. Dec. 16
Open 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 17 - Fri Dec. 19
Open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Open 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 20
Sun. Dec. 21
Mon. Dec. 22 – Tues. Dec. 23
Open 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Open 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 24
8:30 am – 12 noon
8:30 am – 12 noon
Dec. 25 – Jan. 1
Fri. Jan. 2
Open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat. Jan. 3
Sun. Jan. 4
Mon. Jan. 5
Regular semester hours resume
Regular semester hours resume

Christmas in the Chilliwack library

For updated information, please check the library website page:

posted by Lisa, Dec. 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UFV Library catalogue now available

Our online catalogue is available again.

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

Posted by Mary-Anne

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Library Catalogue on Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

Our library catalogue will be unavailable Tuesday, November 25th due to server maintenance.  We hope to restore the catalogue on Wednesday, November 26th.  We will keep everyone informed via this blog.

In the meanwhile, please use the UFV library's discovery service (EDS) : where you can limit your search for books/videos to "Catalogue Only".

We apologize for this inconvenience.  This maintenance work is taking longer than we anticipated.

Posted by Mary-Anne

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Latest Editon: Library Connections Fall 2014

Check out the Fall 2014  issue of Library Connections, the library's newsletter.

Inside this issue:
  • Campus Cards and Printing 
  • Great War Day
  • New librarian roles
  • New library and auxiliary staff
  • Eduroam
  • Displays
A big thank-you to the Library Connections team who makes this all happen ~ from ideas, to writing, to editing, to layout and design in order to create our final product!
Got an idea?  We welcome your feedback and ideas for future articles.

New Librarian Sarah Parker

Heather Compeau
November 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Privacy Alert for Adobe Digital Editions 4.0

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free software program used to download and purchase digital content, read content online or offline, organize a custom library, make page annotations in content, and transfer DRM-protected content to other devices.

You are required to create an account with Adobe in order to use ADE. Please note that you do not have to install ADE to use and view UFV ebooks: online viewers in the various ebook platforms will allow you to read ebooks, and print or copy certain percentages of content all without creating an account.

This software is only necessary if you want to download UFV Library ebooks onto personal devices or a home computer. ADE will automatically set "due dates" based on UFV licensing agreements, and your downloaded ebooks will be de-activated after the loan period. These loan periods are not the same as the ones for the UFV Library print collection.

While it is necessary for some data to be communicated from individual ADE installations to Adobe servers in order to authenticate user access and set loan periods for borrowed DRM-protected ebooks, recently it has been discovered that the new ADE 4.0 software scans the hard drives of personal computers and sends an extensive amount of ebook usage data back to Adobe servers. Initially, the data was sent unencrypted, but now the data is encrypted before transmission. This is a serious privacy concern, and the matter has yet to be adequately addressed by Adobe.

For maximum privacy, it is recommended that you only download  Adobe Digital Editions 3.0.

ADE 3.0 does not appear to scan and transmit data other than that necessary to authenticate access to borrowed DRM-protected ebooks. Other ebook reader software is available, but will not necessarily work with the ebooks available through the UFV Library.

For more information on UFV's ebook collections and how to use them, please see our Ebook Collections libguide.

Posted by Martin
October 29, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fixed database: National Film Board Campus

The technical problems with the National Film Board database have finally been resolved. UFV faculty, students, and staff can now sign into to view the subscription "Campus" titles using their UFV credentials.

This database provides access to hundreds of English and French language animated films and documentaries online in streaming video. The UFV Library has a license for classroom exhibition of these films, including both publicly accessible films and the Campus titles.

For more information, see the National Film Board database information page.

Posted by Martin
October 23, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BBLearn Now Available 2:37pm Sunday October 19

BBLearn needed to be updated and the process took longer than anticipated. However the service should now be up and running.


BBLearn Availability Sunday Oct 19th, 2014

The upgrade to BBLearn did not complete as expected and is still continuing. At the moment BBLearn is unavailable. We will notify you when the system is back up and running.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Films On Demand Update


A new home page design and new features now available:

  • New home page design: from the home page you can have quick access to the most popular titles, recently added titles, featured titles, featured producers.
  • Navigation improvements: browse subjects from the Collections drop down menu, create playlists, custom segments and interactive transcripts.  More detail on these features is here.
  • New video player: a new HTML5 version of the video player provides a quick preview feature that lets users "scrub" through the video and see images from different parts of the title.

Posted by Mary-Anne
Oct.7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Library Hours for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just about here. Please note the library hours for the long weekend.

Chilliwack Library:
Saturday, October 11: 10-4
Sunday and Monday, October 12-13: CLOSED

Abbotsford Library:
Saturday, October 11: 10-6
Sunday, October 12: noon-6
Monday, October 13: CLOSED