UBCO getting $35 million library expansion

The library at UBC Okanagan will see a major expansion thanks to some extra funding announced today.

The federal and provincial governments are investing $27.3 million for two projects at the school.

One will see the campus library grow to develop a Teaching and Learning Centre. The new facility will include a digital technology centre and a visualization lab.

The total cost of the expansion is $35 million, with $10 million of that coming from the student body.

Blake Edwards, president, UBC Student Union Okanagan said a bigger library is something students have wanted for years,

"In 2014, students voted 'yes' to #morelibrary and agreed to contribute $10 million towards a larger, enhanced library” he said “The student contribution reaffirms that this has been a necessity for our campus and we thank the government for joining our efforts in building a brighter UBCO for future students. In a mere 10 years, students have been active members in guiding and enhancing the master plan for this campus."

The remainder of the funding from the two levels of government will go towards sustainability upgrades to 11 campus buildings. The total cost of that will be $5 million, of which the two governments will contribute about $2.1 million dollars.

The total cost of both projects is $40.6 million.

Work on both projects is expected to be finished by April 2018, and will combine to create 240 indirect jobs, according to a joint government release.