Overview

Learning, knowledge, research, insight: welcome to UBC Library, a leading institution in North America. The Library has 15 branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations and its Okanagan campus location.

Whether you are on campus for a day or just stopping by, the Library has much for you to explore. As the second-largest research library in Canada, our collections include more than 10 million items. From the exceptional Chung Collection exhibition, to beautiful art in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to guest access for computers and electronic resources, there is something for everyone.

For historical information, visit our historical timeline for facts dating back to the founding of the Library in 1915.

 

Facts and Figures

In 2015-2016, UBC Library:

  • Saw over 3.8 million visits to its branches and more than 9.7 million visits to the UBC Library website
  • Answered more than 102,000 questions at its service points, including 102,900 reference questions and more than 12,400 via virtual interactions (including online chat and email)
  • Provided more than 1,000 instructionals to 29,256 participants
  • Facilitated more than 1.2 million loans to UBC student, faculty, staff and community borrowers
  • Provided more than 15 million e-book and e-journal downloads

UBC Library Collections include:

  • More than 7.9 million volumes (print and electronic)
  • Access to more than 2.3 million e-books
  • Access to more than 291,000 journal titles
  • More than 205,000 digital objects in locally produced digital collections

Key Highlights

  • Features the first automated storage and retrieval system in a Canadian library, with a capacity of more than one million volumes.
  • Holds the first book published in B.C., a legal work that was the personal copy of David Cameron, the one-time Chief Justice of Vancouver Island.
  • Has digitized more than 30,000 UBC theses as part of the Retrospective Theses and Dissertation project. When combined with the Electronic Theses and Dissertations program, UBC Library provides full-text access to almost 37,000more than 41,000 UBC theses.
  • Holds the extensive archives of Douglas Coupland, one of Canada’s most renowned authors and an internationally recognized visual artist who popularized the term “Generation X.”
  • Is home to Xwi7xwa Library, the only Aboriginal branch of a university library in Canada.
  • Houses the outstanding Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, a designated national treasure.

For a complete listing of on- and off-campus Library branches and divisions, please visit the Hours and Locations page.