La Casita Azul is an education and learning resource centre that supports York’s increasing socio-environmental research, education and community outreach within Costa Rica. It opened July 2015 as part of Las Nubes Project.
The resource centre came together through a collaborative venture between York University Libraries and the Faculty of Environmental Studies and it provides research and educational opportunities within, and about, the Biological Corridor.
Situated in the midst of the local communities in Costa Rica, La Casita Azul supports and enhances York’s Eco-Campus in Costa Rica while playing an important role in research intensification, knowledge mobilization, community engagement, citizen science, research dissemination, engagement and outreach. Working closely with local community members and organizations, Diandra Arias-Vasquez oversees the day-to-day operations of the centre and plays many other roles such as organizing patron-driven courses. A few locally-driven initiatives are being hosted by La Casita Azul.
La Casita Azul offers access to the internet, online and print resources, printing and a place to study. It will continue to grow and develop relevant print and online resources in English and Spanish as well as continue to provide equitable access to relevant resources.
La Casita Azul won the 2017 Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) Special Award.