UBC Library hits all-time high in ARL rankings


UBC Library’s top-tier reputation has been underlined by its best showing yet in an influential tally undertaken by the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

UBC ranks 14 out of 115 ARL universities in the latest round of Investment Index rankings from the ARL, a non-profit organization of research libraries in Canada and the U.S. In addition, UBC places second among Canadian academic institutions included in the index, which dates to 2011/12.

The latest results highlight a notable rise since 2008/09, when the Library finished 26th in Investment Index rankings.

“UBC Library is honoured by its ranking in the latest ARL Investment Index,” says Ingrid Parent, University Librarian. “This result highlights the efforts that we’ve taken to be a leading institution of knowledge, research and learning for our users.”

“UBC is proud to support its Library, which has been busy transforming itself to serve researchers and users in new and innovative ways,” says David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

The Investment Index reflects total library expenditures; it includes collections expenditures, staff expenditures and FTE (full-time equivalent) staff figures.