Obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics


The obstetrics & gynaecology and paediatrics collections can be found at the Eric Hamber Memorial Library. The Hamber Library provides library service to UBC faculty, staff, students and affiliated researchers who work and/or study at BCCH, BCWH, CFRI and WHRI. Library services support the clinical care, teaching and research activities of the hospitals and research institutes

Overview of the strengths of the existing collection

The local collection at the Hamber Library focuses on clinical care and teaching in the programs and services provided by BCCH and BCWH, and effort is made to maintain the currency and relevancy of the collection.

Current areas of collecting

The selector at the Hamber Library selects material related to obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, and women’s and children’s health in general.


The Hamber Library collects primarily monographs and serials. Government publications, technical reports, conference proceedings, pamphlets and ephemera are collected selectively and minimally. An increasing percentage of the budget is being spent on electronic resources, particularly e-journals, databases, indexes and e-books.

Chronological limits


There are no chronological exclusions, although the emphasis is on material produced in the last 10 years.

Publication date

New materials selected should be restricted to those with a publication date of the current or previous year. Retrospective purchasing to replace missing or damaged items is occasionally but infrequently done.


Only English language material is collected.

Geographic origin

Emphasis is on Canadian, American, and British publications.


Dissertations, translations, workbooks, laboratory manuals, yearbooks, annual reports, newsletters, manuscripts and personal papers are excluded. Audiovisual materials (DVD is the preferred format) are very selectively collected, in general only in response to user requests or when accompanying printed monographs.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Woodward: Material relating to obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics that is older than 10 years is housed at Woodward Library.

Biomedical Branch: Other material relating to the health sciences may be found at this library.

St. Paul’s Hospital Library: Other material relating to the health sciences may be found at this library.