Improvements Since 2010



By far and away the biggest issue that we identified in our survey was a lack of space in the library.  Administration at the Okanagan campus are well aware of the issue. Doug Owram (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal) said in his Town Hall on  September 1, 2010, that “the Library is the top building priority for UBC Okanagan.  It is also the third priority for UBC as a system.”

This was echoed on October 25, 2012 by the new Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, at the official opening of the renovated library space, who said that the “next stage for the library is a major expansion – but as an unfunded capital priority not covered by provincial grants, there is an urgent need for donors.”

Since the survey in 2010 the largest change to the Library has been a major renovation to the first floor.  The renovations have resulted in a number of significant changes to the Learning Commons and the general operation of the library. Highlights include:

  • A single service point that combines circulation and reference
  • More seats (an increase of 25%)
  • An additional quiet reading room similar to the Field Reading Room
  • Additional group study rooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Self-service holds and DocDels

Computing and Printing

  • In 2012 we replaced 114 student computers with new all-in-one models and updated all the software.
  • Between 2010 and 2012 we added 24 netbooks, 10 laptops, and 15 digital cameras to our lending program.
  • All black & white student printing was changed to default double sided to save paper.