Library

Access the resources of a global university—over 7.8 million items.

At UBC Okanagan, our library helps transform undergrad students into promising researchers and contains the must-have scholastic assets for graduate students and faculty members.

The Library is an inclusive place where collaboration, new thinking, and scholarly engagement are given the tools, support, and opportunity to create a better world.

UBC-Wide Collections

  • 7.8 million items
  • 2.3 million e-books
  • 2,495 indexes and databases
  • 313,000 e-journals

@UBCOLibrary

  • 650 seats for quiet study
  • 127 desktops, plus 38 laptops for loan
  • 259 librarian-taught workshops, and 62
    communication and writing bootcamps and workshops

Nothing Common about it

The Commons building at UBC Okanagan is an influential part of the student, faculty, staff, and visitor experience on the campus. Described as a “transformative building for UBC Okanagan” by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, the Commons is a flagship teaching and learning space built to nurture and support student potential at every stage of their academic careers at UBCO.

Originally proposed as an addition to the current Library building to create a new multipurpose facility, the Commons was generously funded by students (approximately a third of the project, up to $10 million) and is a testament to the spirit of the class of 2018 who were instrumental in the construction of this building.

The Commons offers dynamic teaching and learning spaces for a rapidly developing campus, including a 400-seat classroom, a visualization and emerging media studio, graduate commons, and more than 350 new study and collaborative spaces. With its futuristic, state-of-the-art design, the Commons is anything but common—it is uniquely designed to foster collaboration, scholarly engagement and innovation.

Highlights

  • A 400+ seat classroom, supporting growth of high-demand programs
  • A digital design lab
  • A visualization and emerging media studio which will facilitate high resolution data modeling for research and teaching
  • A new special collections facility to support research, teaching and community
  • UBC Studios Okanagan
  • New food outlet, The Comma
  • 33 new bookable study rooms (with a total of 164 seats)
  • 120 new study spaces in quiet study areas
  • Over 350 new study spaces in collaborative study areas
  • $10 million funded by students