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Little Library in the Lounge

UNB Libraries presents the Little Library in the Lounge at the 2015 Canada-Wide Science Fair (11-16 May), Canada’s premier youth science event, that is coming to New Brunswick for the first time ever!

As part of their evening activities, participants are welcome to use the multi-purpose lounge in the Blue Room at the Student Union Building (SUB) where UNB Libraries will offer a range of reading materials, such as graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and illustrated books.

We would be able to look up book reviews or find any other information you may need from the library’s website and resources. We are happy to talk about books, science, Fredericton, or even the weather!

Come by to pick up a free copy of Science magazine or one of our science-themed bookmarks!

Little Library in the Lounge Hours:

  • Sunday, May 10- 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Monday, May 11- 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 13- 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Thursday, May 14- 8:30-10:00pm
  • Friday, May 15- 7:30pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday, May 16- 7:00pm-10:00pm

If you have any questions or concerns about the Little Library in the Lounge, please contact Susan Fisher, Curator of the Children’s Literature Collection.

Archives Display in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room

Archives & Special Collections at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick is pleased to announce the arrival of “Art of the Book 2013”, a juried travelling exhibition of the book arts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). The Harriet Irving Library is the only venue east of Toronto hosting the exhibit.

This exhibit, comprised of 65 works by Canadian and American book artists, includes a variety of work reflecting the distinct but overlapping elements of the book arts: livre d’artiste (artists’ books); fine binding; fine printing; box-making; paper decorating; papermaking; and calligraphy. The prize winning title “Doomsday Sanctuarium” by UNB Alumna Barbara Clark Helander (B.Ed. 1980) is included in the display.

“Art of the Book 2013” can be viewed Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room, 5th floor, Harriet Irving Library (UNB Fredericton) and will continue until 29 May 2015.

For more information contact Patti Auld Johnson, Archives & Special Collections, at 458-7524 or

Further information on CBBAG can found at:




Young e-book launch, Nature’s Bounty

cover imageUNB Libraries is pleased to announce the publication by our Centre for Digital Scholarship of Dr. C. Mary Young’s study, Nature’s Bounty: Four Centuries of Plant Exploration in New Brunswick, in electronic format.

This study documents nearly 400 years of botanical exploration in New Brunswick. It not only describes how New Brunswick flora has changed over time, but also tells the longer story of many less celebrated individuals, early naturalists and botanists, who contributed their skills and expertise to expanding the store of scientific knowledge. Armed with the tools of their trade—the trowel, pocket knife, vasculum, plant press, and cartridge paper—these pioneers traversed bogs and waterways and braved the forest depths to determine the nature of New Brunswick’s plant communities.

Analyzing botanical periodicals, naturalist journals, personal correspondence, archival materials, and herbaria (libraries of pressed and dried plants), Young provides an historically contextualized account of individual endeavour and commitment through which New Brunswick emerges not only as a geographical place of botanical interest, but also as a locus for increasingly active participation in botanical enquiry that had previously been the prerogative of Europeans.

Amongst the many early explorers chronicled in the study are several figures affiliated with the University of New Brunswick. For instance, Young details the 19th-century work of Dr. James Robb, the first lecturer in Chemistry and Natural Science at King’s College (later the University of New Brunswick), whose personal collection of pressed and dried plants from New Brunswick constituted the beginning of the Connell Memorial Herbarium at UNB. Contributions from other UNB professors (such as Dr. Loring Woart Bailey and Dr. Philip Cox, both of whom taught chemistry, physics, geology, and the natural sciences), and from countless others (such as Rev. James Fowler, Dr. E.O. Hagmeier, Dr. A.R.A. Taylor, Dr. Harold Hinds, and Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette) expanded the herbarium, the oldest institutional collection still extant in Canada, which now houses over 64,000 specimens.

In Nature’s Bounty, Young examines early ecological studies and curious anomalies of plant distribution, explores the modern emphasis on plant diversity and the need for conservation, and speaks to present-day concerns with climate change and the environment. By elucidating the intellectual debt owed to the dedicated amateurs who became experts in their chosen fields of interest and made significant contributions to the field of natural history, Young claims a place for New Brunswick, for generations of naturalists, and for the University of New Brunswick in botanical and environmental historiography.

“Just like the scholars and scientists that she highlights in her book, Mary exemplifies the time-honoured tradition of a scientist and scholar with a broad range of expertise that extends well beyond the discipline that she devoted her career to. Mary’s academic training and career focused on entomology, but she has become a very knowledgeable botanist, both in the field and in the laboratory. Her scientific expertise and her love of botany are clearly evident in her botanical illustrations that accompany this book; these are not only accurate but beautiful.”
~Dr. James Goltz, from the Foreword

E-book launch of

Nature’s Bounty: Four Centuries of Plant Exploration in New Brunswick

C. Mary Young

Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 4:00pm
Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton campus

All welcome to attend.

Milham Lecture – Mar 12

Prat, Starr family NSARM accession no. 1985-524 no. 86, photo no. 20

Prat, Starr family NSARM accession no. 1985-524 no. 86, photo no. 20

You are invited to attend the 17th Milham Lecture:

“Designing Beautiful Books: Bliss Carman & The Prat Sisters in 1890s Bohemian New York” (an illustrated talk)

Dr. Gwendolyn Davies, Emerita Professor & Dean

English & The School of Graduate Studies

University of New Brunswick

When:  March 12th, 2015

Where: 4:00 pm, Milham Room, Harriet Irving Library

Free, public lecture. All welcome. Reception to follow.

Learn more about the Prat Sisters from Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The Milham Lectures were established in 1987 in honour of Mary Ella Milham, Professor of Classics and Ancient History at UNB.

Pizza and Plagiarism at the HIL

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Milham Room (100)
Harriet Irving Library
UNB Fredericton Campus

The pizza is free, and the workshop just might prove invaluable!

Why do we cite? What does citation have to do with plagiarism? This FREE workshop will help you to understand the importance of citations in your academic writing and will teach you how to use them properly.  You’ll get some practice identifying plagiarism, some tips to keep your work clean, and a couple of FREE SLICES OF PIZZA to top it off!

Pizza and Plagiarism is a joint initiative offered by UNB Libraries and the UNBF Student Union.

No pre-registration required.  Just show up, learn, and eat!


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