University-wide initiatives

UBC Library is helping lead a number of University-wide initiatives to enhance student learning, accelerate research, manage collections and engage with the campus community. Read on to find out more about our collaborative work.


UBC and its faculty, staff and students are creators of various forms of intellectual property, as well as consumers of intellectual property. One intellectual property right that is very important to UBC faculty, staff and students is copyright.

The copyright environment in Canada is changing, and users are encouraged to visit the University’s copyright site to understand the issues and plan accordingly. Content is maintained by the Office of the Provost and VP Academic, UBC Library, UBC Bookstore, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (Vancouver), the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Okanagan) and the Office of the University Counsel.

Teaching and Learning

The Library supports the development of life-long information literacy skills in an increasingly information-intensive world. Information literacy skills are essential for critical and reflective thinking. These core skills enable informed choices about utilizing appropriate resources, help synthesize and analyze existing information and aid in identifying gaps where new research or innovation can occur.

UBC Library provides our users with instruction that not only addresses how to access and use information resources, but also how to critically reflect on the information retrieved. Developing information literacy skills is a key component to all of our instruction.

Find out more about what we are doing to support teaching and learning, and flexible learning initiatives.


cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations.

Digital Initiatives

UBC Library’s Digitization Centre works on a range of fascinating digitization projects. It also supports the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository. The Digitization Centre is a key part of the Library’s effort to adapt to the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Its goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make UBC’s collections and research available to the world, and to ensure the authentic, long-term preservation of its digital holdings for the future.

Scholarly Communications

The system of scholarship is undergoing change across the world. Indeed, notions of authorship and scholarly publishing are rapidly evolving in the digital age. UBC’s Scholarly Communications site will help you track developments, examine the issues and navigate changing models of scholarly communication.

University Archives

University Archives serves as the institution’s corporate memory by identifying, preserving and making available for use the University’s permanently valuable records, including textual, photographic and audio-visual materials.