Open Access Week at UBC is happening October 23–27.
RSVP for events and learn more about what Open Access means for researchers, students and faculty.

Open Access is a movement encouraging the removal of barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to people everywhere. Access is available to everyone: students, policy makers, health care workers, professionals, educators, scholars in the developing world, and the public.

Open Access Publishing

Publishing Open Access provides researchers with a way to share their findings with scholars and students worldwide while protecting their authors’ rights and is increasingly a requirement of funding organizations.

Learn how to make your research openly available.


Open Education

Open Education allows educators to share, manage and use education resources such as open textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes, videos, interactive activities and presentations.

Access UBC’s Open Education repositories.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are openly licensed resources that are available online to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public

Access Open Textbooks.


Open Collections

Open Collections is a publicly-accessible collection of digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.

Access UBC’s Open Collections


RSVP now for Open Access Events!

Rick Anderson on “Reconciling the Needs of Analysis and Advocacy in Scholarly-Communication Reform.

Date: Tuesday, October 25
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (coffee and refreshments start at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver campus, Room 7000
Learn more and register online

Rick Anderson is President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah, and is a writer and contributor to Library Journal’s Academic Newswire and The Scholarly Kitchen.

Open in Action: A panel discussion

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver campus, Room 7000
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Barrier-free access to research and resources is not just a nice idea: it is a necessity that is being supported with concrete actions by leaders in BC Universities. The SFU Library invites you to join us in conversation with individuals who are taking concrete actions that advance the concept of Openness in higher education, scholarship, and the community at large.

Adopting Open Textbooks and Resources: TLEF Support Possibilities

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Seminar (Room 2.22 A/B)
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This session will explore how open textbooks and open education resources are already being used for teaching and learning at UBC, how TLEF grants could be used to help integrate open resources into your course, and the process for applying for a TLEF.

Author Rights When Publishing

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Location: UBC Okanagan Library, LIB125, Okanagan campus
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If you are preparing an article for publication, understand copyright and your author rights. This workshop guides you through key points related to author rights, copyright, and open access mandates.

DOIs and cIRcle Deposit

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: UBC Okanagan Library, LIB125, Okanagan campus
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This workshop will show you how to request a DOI and how to get help submitting your work to cIRcle.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
UBC Okanagan Library, LIB125, Okanagan campus
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The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward for research funded in whole, or in part by NSERC or SSHRC. CHIR funded research has been required to adhere to a similar policy since January 1, 2008. This workshop provides guidance on the options available for compliance with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, including deposit in UBC’s institutional repository, cIRcle.

Engaging Students with Open Scholarly Practice

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301
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This session explores ideas of scholarly practice in the digital age and how they can inform teaching and learning. How has scholarly practice changed and what are the possibilities that open practices and platforms provide when students and faculty members become co-creators in meaningful, generative work?
We’ll look at emerging practices at UBC that are supporting the use of open platforms to align classrooms with scholarly practice.


For more about Open Education resources and practices at UBC visit