It’s Reading Week here at UBC!

It’s hotly debated whether students use this week to catch up on the homework they’ve neglected, or indulge in the reading-for-fun they put off during the term, or to do absolutely no reading and enjoy all the other activities that Vancouver has to offer. Ironic or not, we’re running with reading as this week’s theme for exploring our collections.

Before we share a few of our favourite depictions, here’s a list—care of The Cumberland News in 1901—of “amusing books… for relaxation only” for you to consider checking out this Reading Week.

 

Now, on to the homage of readers and reading. 

 

Laura Glenn—chairman of the Canadian Red Cross Corps in Windsor, Ontario, and a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II—reads “A Great Time to Be Alive.”

 

UBC President Dr. Norman MacKenzie reads on the deck of a ship.

 

A cozy chair, plenty to read, and even a cocktail!

 

WWI sentry reading a letter on the front lines.

 

UBC’s Crane Library acquired a machine to help visually impaired students read.

 

A UBC grad student helping children get an early start at reading.

 

An Art Deco depiction of reading.

 

More reading on the Western Front.

 

Enjoying the best of Reading Week: reading and relaxing in the great outdoors.

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