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Textbooks for Change

UNB has recently partnered with Textbooks for Change (TB4C) and is joining over 20 universities and campuses across Canada to help provide affordable and accessible educational material to students within the country and across the globe. Our textbook donation drop-box can be found in the main lobby of the Harriet Irving Library, where you can donate your used textbooks anytime during operational hours. What is special about our drop-box? It is the first of its kind in all of New Brunswick!

Who is Textbooks for Change?

Textbooks for Change is a Canadian based organization that donates used textbooks which started at Western University in 2013. Their vision is that education should be a right, not a privilege. For their model, they donate 50% of textbooks to campus partners in East Africa, resell 20% of textbooks at affordable prices to students, and recycle the other 30% of material that is out of date or unusable. On the other side of the globe, they are partnered with over 15 East African universities, reaching over 500,000 students. 

Why should you donate your used textbooks?

The universities partnered with TB4C in East Africa have a significant deficit in educational material, as well as severely limited access to digital material. Thus, students at these universities often cannot obtain the information they require for their university studies. From an interview with a Kenyan Librarian, when asked “Have you, this academic year, turned away students who needed access to textbooks?”, to which they responded- “Very often. Of 10 students, about 4 might get their request”. By donating your post-secondary textbooks, you are helping make education a right to all.

For more information, you can check out their website:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us through Instagram @unb4change or email

SR Bootcamp 2021: Writing Systematic Reviews from Beginning to End

This fast-paced FREE 5-session series will teach you everything you need to know to write a high-quality, publishable systematic review by the end of the summer.


  • Developing a protocol and search strategy
  • The importance of grey literature and how to find it
  • Critical appraisal tools and their application in SRs
  • And more!

Due to high demand we will offer this Bootcamp twice, RSVP for one of the following series.


  • May 10 - 21 (series fully booked)
  • June 1 - 7  RSVP

For more information please visit our Eventbrite page.

Instructors: Alex Goudreau, MLIS, and Richelle Witherspoon, MLIS.

Discover UNB Libraries market research databases!


UNB Libraries proudly presents Market Research, with Entrepreneurship Librarian Sally Armstrong! In this virtual session you will learn how UNB Libraries market research databases can help validate a business idea, lead you to competitors, provide information on emerging technologies, and more!

Date: Thursday, 25  March 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Make sure you RSVP!

This online session is open to all undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, or staff members from the UNB community.

Virtual Escape Room - Fair Dealing Week edition

What is Fair Dealing?

You probably make use of fair dealing every day without even realizing it! Whether emailing a news article to a friend, using a clip from a song, using a copyrighted image on social media, or quoting passages from a book when writing an essay. Activities such as these are not considered to be copyright infringement – in fact, the ability for users to make copies for specific purposes is an integral part of the Canadian Copyright Act.

Every year libraries and educational institutions across North America celebrate the rules that allow sharing of portions of published works for research and education.

In celebration of Fair Dealing Week 2021 you're invited to enter our Virtual Escape Room.

Click here to find more info on Fair Dealing Week...







UNB Libraries Celebrates Black History Month

The first step towards honouring the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and people of African descent is a commitment to learning their legacy.

Here are some texts, films, and online resources from the library’s collection to help members of the UNB community begin or continue that journey.

“Dinah, Portrait of a Negress”, painting circa 1867 by Eastman Johnson. (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


Select Books

Select Films

Subject Guides

Also check out the blog posts on Atlantic Loyalist Connections

Library Instruction for Winter 2021

UNB Libraries is dedicated to developing critical information and digital literacy skills within our undergraduate and graduate students. For the 2020/2021 academic year, librarians have been developing a wide range of digital materials to support faculty and instructors, whether instruction will be provided in-person, or remotely via Alternative Delivery Methods (ADM).

To incorporate either synchronous, or asynchronous library instruction into your course for winter term, please reach out to the Liaison Librarian in your discipline to discuss content and selected delivery platform, if other than D2L. Librarians are also available for consultation regarding instructional design for class assignments, or activities that incorporate library research skills or resources.

Also, consider including a relevant Library Help Video or Research Guide in your D2L course shell, along with Liaison Librarian contact information. The inclusion of this information will help familiarize students with the people available to help them, and introduce key resources and tips tailored to your discipline or course.

Other options include: