The Women’s Centre’s Library is located in the Student’s Union Building B107a.
It holds a vast collection of feminist books, periodicals, zines, and resources.
The Library is organized and managed by a group of volunteers from the Women’s Centre Collective called the Library Committee, and we’re always looking for new members to get involved! If you’re interested in being part of the Library Committee, contact the WC Coordinators at wcentre@uvss.ca or 250.721.8353.
Our Mandate: The Women’s Centre Library strives to be an accessible resource on campus for current and relevant books that examine and challenge oppressions (such as oppressions due to locations of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and age).
Topics include: Abortion, Activism, Aging, Art, Body, Bio/Autobiographies, Children, Colonialism, Disability/Ability, Economics/Labour, Education, Environment, Feminist Theory & Practice, Fiction, Gender, Globalization, Health, History, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Law/Government Policy, Literary Criticism, Non-Violence/Peace, Parenting/Family, Politics- North America, Poetry, Pop Culture/Media, Poverty & Class, Politics-World, LGBTTQ, Race/Racism, Religion/Spirituality, Science/Technology, Self-Help/Counselling, Sex/Sexuality, Travel, Violence Against Women & Children, Young Adult.
Library Access: The Library is a gender inclusive space and is open during the SUB’s regular hours of operation. Should you find the library locked, you can get a key from the General Office across the hall during the day, or from the SUB Building Attendants in the evenings (just call 250.213.9319). People are also welcome to use the Library space for meetings and discussions. The layout of the Library is organized to be as physically accessible as possible. Suggestions to improve accessibility are welcomed!
Borrowing From the Library: Instructions for using the library are posted beside the library computer. There is a computer database of library materials to browse or execute specific searches. You can search by title, author, or topic.
Anyone is welcome to sign out materials at no cost. Users can sign books out through the computer database, or a sign out sheet is available for those uncomfortable with the database. The library is run on an honour system. Accordingly, borrowers are expected to return items within a reasonable time without being reminded. Library users can return materials at any time in the book return box located beside the hallway door.
Donations: The Women’s Centre Library accepts and greatly appreciates donations. This is a great way to keep the library current and evolving. However, not all books donated can be included in the collection. The Library Committee manages the acquisition of new books, zines, and materials. Accordingly, it is the committee’s responsibility to decide which materials suit the library’s mandate. Suggestions for new books to be added to the collection and new magazines to subscribe to are always welcome. Just leave the Library Committee a note.
Classification System: The library is organized by a custom-made classification system. A list of all categories is posted in several locations around the library as well as labeled on the shelves. Books are identified by call numbers made up of an abbreviation of the book’s category and the first three letters of the first author or editor’s last name (for example FEM HOO for a book classified as Feminist Theory & Practice by bell hooks). If there is more than one book in a category by the same author, a number is added to the end of the call number (for example FEM HOO2). If two authors in a category share the same first three letters in their last names, an additional letter for one of the authors is added. All books are classified by Library Committee members. If a problem is found with a book’s classification, please notify the Committee.
Zine Library: The zine library is a collection of self-published magazines that the Women’s Centre has collected over the past few years or have been donated. Topics include: Health, DIY, Art/Pop, Activism, Decolonization/Colonialism, Race/Racism, Ability, Theory, LGBTTQ. Most zines are by donation.