Have you exhausted all of Netflix’s offerings, and looking for a different kind of film? Are you a theatre-buff missing the experience of live productions? UBC Library subscribes to Drama Online, an award-winning digital resource designed for literature and drama courses, and which includes high-quality video of theatrical productions. Take a look and explore:

  • The RSC Live Collection: The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best.  Made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world, the RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

The Drama Online collection also includes e-books, playtexts, and images of productions from around the world, including classic and modern plays. The platform allows you to browse by theme, genre, or period, or browse by material type, making it an indispensable resource for literature or theatre students, or anyone interested in the art and craft of theatre.

Image:”Dress Circle Level, Prince of Wales Theatre,” by Can Pac Swire is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Visit us for research help, to see our  collections, or to find a place to study. At Xwi7xwa Library everyone is welcome!

Are citation practices fair to Indigenous scholars? Who scholars cite, how scholars cite, and what sources are considered authoritative to cite can validate and legitimize knowledge or oppress knowledge. Frequently, Indigenous ways of knowing (oral teachings and histories in particular) are delegitimized in academia by citational politics. In this session, learn more about “citational politics,” the existing templates for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and about the current initiatives at X̱wi7x̱wa to further legitimize citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in academia.

Participants will be able to:

    • Discuss the concept of “citational politics,” including how Indigenous traditional knowledge is devalued in academia through dominant citational practices and how we can challenge these practices
    • Recognize and create existing templates for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers
    • Be aware of current initiatives at X̱wi7x̱wa Library and elsewhere to create a Chicago style template for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

When: October 22 at 3PM-4:30PM PST

Facilitated by Bronwen McKie: A student Librarian at X̱wi7x̱wa Library and a senior MASLIS candidate at the UBC iSchool. Bronwen’s values of community, collaboration, and equitable access to information guide her professional interests in scholarly communication & publishing and reference and instruction librarianship. Bronwen also enjoys writing, staying active and planning vacations she can’t afford. She is a settler of Welsh heritage, but was born and raised in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia).

Registration: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/decolonizing-citations-october-22-2020/


Digital Scholarship at UBC has been undergoing a renaissance, and this change has been a highly collaborative effort involving many different groups on both campuses. The UBC Library Research Commons at Koerner Library is at the forefront, with Digital Scholarship Librarian Eka Grguric contributing to a slew of new workshops and initiatives. Previously the User Experience and Digital Technologies Librarian at McGill University Library, a NC State University (NCSU) Libraries fellow, and a UBC iSchool alumna, Eka has set a rapid pace to collaborate with established campus partners and build out the digital scholarship programming since joining the Research Commons team in 2019.

“My goal is to empower people. I did a listening tour to get a sense of what was out there,” says Eka, recounting her early days in the role, when she set out to define digital scholarship in a local context at UBC. One of the first gaps she addressed was the inconsistent access to support for students and faculty in some disciplines who wanted to upskill—develop a foundational skill set—using digital scholarship methods and tools.

With the explosive growth of digital scholarship tools, it has become easier in many ways for researchers to introduce digital tools into traditional workflows, but there are many who don’t know where to start. In response, the Research Commons now offers a robust set of workshops that focus on Core Skills like web scraping, creating a Git repository, or using APIs. Over the summer, the Research Commons also launched a six-part GIScience series, funded as a small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) Innovation Project. The workshops, which booked up quickly, introduced participants to technologies relevant to geographic information systems, a skill set that has become increasingly popular among UBC students in many different disciplines.

Eka Grguric, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the UBC Library Research Commons.

“We have a workshop template that deviates from the standard. All our workshops are available on GitHub, and built simply so that anyone can download and remix them. We are working on making sure all our workshop content has open copyright licenses to enable greater reuse,“ says Eka, noting that the workflow developed first for the Core Skills series and then the GIScience series has been a valuable model going forward and a way to provide much needed Open Educational Resources (OERs), particularly in light of the current need for remote learning materials. “The biggest impact of these OERs is that they’re computationally reproducible and easy to open on many different systems. We impose no barriers on the students who want to work with them. We’ve also successfully leveraged the GitHub infrastructure to do meaningful review of content and are developing best practices around this. The pivot to online instruction was all that much easier because we had this in play.”

In September, the Research Commons debuted two new workshop series in collaboration with UBC Okanagan Library and other partners: the Digital Toolkit series and the Research Data Management series. Other notable projects include the recent reinvigoration of Pixellating, a monthly Digital Humanities mixer, which is next set to meet online on Wednesday, October 21 (11am-1pm) with a showcase that will discuss the British Columbia and Canada through Arriving Eyes project. Working with UBC IT, the Research Commons also recently launched remote access to seventeen computers in the Digital Scholarship Lab, which has been closed to the public since March 2020.

With all these projects, the partnerships the Research Commons has developed—and continues to strengthen—with groups like the Public Humanities Hub, UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and others are key to the future of Digital Scholarship at UBC.

Check out all upcoming events and workshops from the Research Commons on the Library calendar or by signing up for their newsletter.


The UBC Library Research Commons is a multidisciplinary hub that supports research endeavours and provides training in research-enabling skills. We embrace both new and traditional exploratory scholarship and provide services, software, and expertise. Our services include expertise in digital scholarship, including geospatial and data services; welcoming space for projects and presentations; digital Scholarship Lab with powerful computers, for research, experimentation, collaboration, and work with big data; and consultations and workshops for UBC researchers.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to advance research, learning and scholarship.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

October 14, 2020 – Update

Need access to print resources? So do we, even the librarians are using UBC Library’s pick-up service! To place an order you will need to know your Campus Wide Login (CWL) and then a Duo Push account (if these are new to you please click the hyperlinks), then follow these steps to place an order.



Once you’ve placed an order online you’ll receive a confirmation email with:  a request number (we recommend writing this down in case there’s an issue with your order) and the dates your order is available for pick up!






Remember to bring: 

  • a mask, they’re mandatory at UBC campuses
  • your student/staff/faculty ID

Location: Resource pick-up is at the Koerner Library!

Hours: Pick up available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.





  1. When you arrive at Koerner use the blue circles on the ground to line up 2 metres apart
  2. At the front door there’s a table (ring the bell if no one is there), allow the patron in front of you time to leave the table and the staff time to clean it
  3. Wait for the staff to move back, put your ID on the table, step back
  4. The staff will go get your order and place it on the table
  5. Grab your resources and you are good to go




    NEW   Xwi7xwa Library – Distance Research Guide

April 3, 2020 – Update

Xwi7xwa Library will be closed to the public until April 30. We are working remotely!

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.


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.

Join UBC Vancouver Library, UBC Okanagan Library, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology (Vancouver), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Okanagan) from October 19-October 24 for Open Access Week, where a variety of speakers and events will explore the many facets of open access. Take a look at the full list of events and register  here.

Open Access refers to an alternative academic publishing model in which research outputs (including peer-reviewed academic journal articles, theses, book chapters, and monographs) are made freely available to the general public for viewing, and often for reuse. This is unlike the traditional scholarly publishing model under which publishers require institutions or individuals to pay for access to these materials.

Looking for Open Access Materials through the UBC Library homepage?

The Library’s general search tool Summon currently indexes more than 200 million open access items, including articles, books, thesis, technical reports, images, and more. These items are made accessible in a variety of ways, including as full text resources (e.g. pdf, image, etc.) or through the descriptive metadata allowing you to find the full resource in open access repositories.

On the Library homepage, search using Summon (General), and limit your results to openly accessible content using the “Refine Your Search” filter for “Open Access.” When you see OpenVersion in a result, that is a link to download a version of the article from Unpaywall, a database of almost 26 million free scholarly articles.  Note that this open access version may not be the same as the final published version.  Read more about Unpaywall here.


UBC Library also provides a list of Open Access journals/indexes that you can access through our catalogue.

Want to Learn More About Publishing Open Access?

If you are interested in moving your work to Open Access, the Scholarly Communications Office at UBC Library has recently launched the UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research which is designed to help offset some of the costs associated with this publishing model. If you have any questions about Open Access, or the fund, get in touch with the Scholarly Communications Office at UBC Library who are there to provide support for all your publishing questions.

In a new blog series created by Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), archivists, librarians and library staff share items from their personal collections of documents, books and ephemera. Show and Tell: Selections from our Personal Archives and Libraries is a journey through heirloom recipe books, salvaged wallpaper, childhood sketches, World War II diaries, and many more items of deeply personal significance. The stories are by turns entertaining, compelling and nostalgic in a way that makes you want to settle in with a mug of tea to hear more.

The series takes its inspiration from “Museum of Me: Stories From Our Homes,” an initiative created by the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in June 2020, in which MOA staff took snapshots of objects, photos and artworks from around their own homes to pair with thoughtful captions describing the item’s personal significance.

UBC Library Archivist Krisztina Laszlo thought MOA’s concept, which she described as “brilliant,” would translate well to a personal library and archival setting. “In the early months of the pandemic and with the uncertainly surrounding what was happening, I felt it was a good way for those who wanted to participate to reflect on what was meaningful and significant to them at a time when we felt adrift. It was a way to ground us and remind us of what was truly important.”

With seven instalments and counting, the Show and Tell series is an ongoing project, with contributions from Jacky LaiChelsea ShriverHiller GoodspeedClaire WilliamsBarbara TowellKrisztina LaszloStephanie Plumb, Weiyan Yan, Natalie Trapuzzano, Eleanore Wellwood, and Dr. Susan E. Parker. The first few instalments, published in June, capture stories from the RBSC team, but expanded over the summer to include voices from other Library teams.

Those interested in contributing their own entries can contact Krisztina Laszlo (krisztina.laszlo@ubc.ca) as the series aims to expand further. “We’ll keep adding instalments as long as we keep getting submissions.”

Read the full series on the RBSC website.

RSVP for events and learn more about what Open Access, Open Education and Open Research mean for researchers, students and faculty.

Following the commitment to making resources accessible to UBC faculty, staff and students all around the world, UBC Library has joined HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

What does it mean for UBC Library Users?

For the time that the Emergency Temporary Access Services is in effect, books that UBC Library owns in print that are in the Hathi Trust ebook collection will be available via Hathi Trust only.

Records for these books are included in Summon and the Library Catalogue, and of course, the Hathi Trust Digital Repository.

Accessing a book

Here’s the record in Summon for a Hathi Trust book:

When you click on the title, you will be directed to the Hathi Trust Catalogue, where the book is available digitally . A Temporary access button will be available, as shown below:

To borrow the digital version of the book, click on Temporary Access. It will lead you to another page, where you will be asked to Check Out.

The book will be available for you to use, and can be renewed or returned early.

If you are not able to access the book, there might be someone else using it at the same time, and you should try again later. If you face any other access issue, please, contact us.

Hathi Trust logo available at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HathiTrust_logo.svg

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