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:

Biomedical Branch Library:

Education Library:

Koerner Library:

Law Library:

Music, Art and Architecture:

Rare Books and Special Collections:

Research Commons:

Woodward Library:

Xwi7xwa Library: 

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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