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Law Library Closed

Due to current conditions relating to COVID-19, the Law Library will be closed until at least Monday, April 6, 2020, 9:00 a.m, after which point the situation will be reassessed. See Library Service Updates for more information.

UBC.ca continues to be the most up-to-date and authoritative source of information about the University’s response to COVID-19.

Librarian help is still available at law.library@ubc.ca


The Open Collections cover a wide range of topics and disciplines where you can find materials to support your research, teaching, and even hobbies. In this post, we select some of our collections that are related to Canadian literature.


BC Historical Books

The goal of the BC Historical Books project is to build a single searchable database of the bibliography of British Columbia based on full-text searchable versions of the books contained therein. The result will allow scholars, students and the public unparalleled access to knowledge about our province.

The following is useful subject headings related to Canadian literature:

Pastoral literature

Juvenile literature

Canadian poetry


Related genres include:


Travel literature


Rural rhymes and the sheep thief, 1896

Snap: a legend of the lone mountain: with thirteen illustrations, 1890

Snap: a legend of the lone mountain: with thirteen illustrations, 1890, pp.94-95


UBC Library has a significant collection of small press literary magazines, most of which are held in Rare Books and Special Collections. These magazines published experimental and non-mainstream writings produced by relatively unknown authors. Some of these materials have been digitized and are available in the Open Collections.

PRISM international

PRISM international (1959 -) is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications.

Through a partnership with the UBC Creative Writing Department, UBC Library digitized all back-issues of PRISM in 2015. The full archive is available in Open Collections. To learn more about this collection, please check out this previous post.

PRISM also published a Cumulative Index Volume at their 25th anniversary, which lists all writings (through 1984) in alphabetical order by author.

Prism international, Oct 31, 1960

Prism international Cumulative Index Volume, 1 – 22, 1959 – 1984

The resources mentioned above all support full-text search. You may also be interested in this research guide: Special Collections: Canadian Literature.


CD2031 W829 2019
從存史到資政 : 民國以來檔案管理政策與制度變革(1912-1987) / 吳宇凡著

DS764.23 C44 Z4 2019
张謇与辛亥革命 / 张謇研究中心编

DS796.S25 C486 2019
上海张爱玲文学地图 / 淳子[and others]

DS881.83 H66 2019 v.1-2
戊辰戰爭 : 還原被隱藏的真相 = 戊辰戦争 : 隠された真実を暴 / 洪維揚著

GR705 S4 2019
生肖鼠 / 张立章 (中国生肖文化解读系列)

GT2853 C6 L58 2019
大宋饕客 : 從早市小攤吃到深夜食堂 / 劉海永著

HQ1147 C6 W36 2019
唐代宮女生活研究 / 万军杰著

PL2277 H448 2019
若無相見, 怎會相欠 : 民國大師的愛情 : 縱橫江湖的他們, 最後卻愛成了凡夫俗子 / 何滟著

PL2946 L515 S48 2019
水浒群星闪耀时 / 李黎著


BQ8312.7 O86 2019
日蓮主義とはなんだったのか : 近代日本の思想水脈 / 大谷栄一

DS881.9 K67 2019
公正から問う近代日本史 / 編著佐藤健太郎, 荻山正浩, 山口道弘 ; 青木健 [and 7 others]

DS894.99 O374 U24 2019
ヤンキーと地元 : 解体屋、風俗経営者、ヤミ業者になった沖縄の若者たち / 打越正行

HC462.95 N36 2019
日本が外資に喰われる / 中尾茂夫.

NE1321.8 P36 2019

PL673.5 S27 2019
近世節用集史の研究 / 佐藤貴裕著.

PL874 S56 U98 2019
渦 : 妹背山婦女庭訓魂結び / 大島真寿美[著]

PN1995.9 D6 S28 2019
中国ドキュメンタリー映画論 / 佐藤賢

Z115.5 J3 K63 2019
誤読例に学ぶくずし字 : 古文書解読検定総復習 / 小林正博


B127 C65 C52895 2018
유학 의 개척자들 / 최 대우, 이 향준, 조 우진, 정 영수 공저

DS917.35 K56825 2019
한국 현대사 와 국가 폭력 / 김 상숙 [and five others] 엮음

GT4883 A2 L47 2018
한중 세시 명절 풍속사 와 문화 정책 비교 연구 = 韓中歲時名節風俗史與文化政策比較硏究 / 이 진

HN730.5 A8 C4668 2019
전환기 의 한국 사회 : 성장 과 정체성 의 정치 를 넘어 / 맑스 코뮤날레 지음

NK2673.6 A1 C469 2019
한국 가구 의 역사 : 선사 시대 부터 일제 강점기 까지 / 조 숙경 지음

PL907.5 C6 H38 2018
한국어 문학 및 지역어 연구 의 한중 학술 교류 와 성과 / 전남 대학교 BK21+ 지역어 기반 문화 가치 창출 인재 양성 사업단

PL918 C45 2018
과학 으로 풀어낸 흥미 로운 한글 이야기 : 한글 넘어 생각 넘어 / 진 대영 지음

PN6790 K64 K36 2019 v.1
카카오 프렌즈 러브 / 글 오쭈 ; 그림 흑부

QA76.9 D343 S564 2019
나 는 감 이 아니라 데이터 로 말 한다 : 팩트 의 홍수 에서 진실 을 골라 내는 데이터 읽기 의 기술 / 신 현호 지음

The Digitization Centre is currently closed. We are continuing to work remotely, and you can reach us by emailing digitization.centre@ubc.ca.

Watch this site for more information and for upcoming blog posts. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @DigitizeUBC.

Keep Your Distance, 1904, from Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection

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March 18, 2020 – Update

As of March 20 at 5PM Xwi7xwa Library will be closed to the public until April 6 at 9AM, after which point the situation will be reviewed. Please check back here for updates about Xwi7xwa Library’s hours. For updates on hours please see.

Our staff are working remotely and still available to support research needs.

Email at xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca or karleen.delaurier-lyle@ubc.ca for inquiries.

Information specifically about UBC Library is available in the banner on the UBC Library website, as well as here, where UBC library is updating their information.

Due to current closures and conditions because of Covid 19 and UBC’s decision to move classes to online, UBC library is making changes to hours, lending processes, and fine policies.

UBC.ca continues to be the most up-to-date and authoritative source of information about the University’s response to COVID-19.

Information specifically about UBC Library is available in the banner on the UBC Library website, as well as here, where UBC library is updating their information daily.

As of March 17, Xwi7xwa will be open as normal 9am-5pm. Please check back here for updates about Xwi7xwa Library’s opening hours and updates.

Many of our library staff are working from home and are available through email at xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca

We are able to answer reference questions, find online materials for papers & research topics, and find alternative materials to items only available in print.

The library will cancel late fees from March 16 until the situation changes. Please do not come to campus to return or renew library materials.


Resources and services for UBC Library users

As the UBC campus community transitions to online classes, UBC Library offers expert help and many services that library users can access online. We encourage you to take advantage of these services, listed below.

Current students, faculty and staff should review off-campus access using EZproxy protocols before trying to connect to any of the library’s online resources from off-campus. Computers using a UBC wired or wireless network connection are automatically authenticated. 

Online Resources

General searching – When searching for books, journals and more, the library’s Summon search tool provides information about articles, books, journals and other materials held by UBC Library.

Books and Media – Find e-books, government reports, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, maps, musical scores, microforms, and more in the Library Catalogue.

Indexes and Databases – Find databases by subject or via an A–Z list.

Journals – Search titles and abbreviations of journals subscribed to electronically by the UBC Library and access links to the full text.

Open Collections – Search digital resources created and maintained by UBC Library, including photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing online resources please contact us.

Renew Materials

Renew materials online – Renew books and more through your MyAccounts page. Should you have trouble renewing your loans or have any questions regarding fines, please contact us via the Assistance Form. Note that the library has cancelled late fees from March 16 until the situation changes.

Librarian Consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available to UBC students and instructors for consultations. Once you identify a librarian, you can schedule an appointment with them via email.

Not sure which subject librarian to contact? Contact your branch by email and we’ll point you in the right direction:

David Lam Library: lam.ref@ubc.ca

Biomedical Branch Library: bmb.library@ubc.ca

Education Library: ed.lib@ubc.ca

Koerner Library: hssd.library@ubc.ca

Law Library: law.library@ubc.ca

Music, Art and Architecture: maa.library@ubc.ca

Rare Books and Special Collections: rare.books@ubc.ca

Research Commons: research.commons@ubc.ca

Woodward Library: wd.ref@ubc.ca

Xwi7xwa Library: xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca 

Research Help

Research Guides – Search subject and course guides that compile useful databases, digital library collections, and research strategies.

Find useful information to help you get started with your research, including a library skills tutorial, assignment calculators, information on academic integrity, writing support, skills for class and life, and more.

You can use our chat service, AskAway. The chat service is staffed by UBC Library, but at peak service times or off-hours, you may be connected with a librarian from another academic library.

Ask for library help using the online reference assistance form appropriate to your campus: Vancouver and Okanagan.

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