About the Collections

Library StacksUBC Library holds more than 7 million items, making collections – both physical and digital – an essential support for teaching, learning, & research at UBC.

UBC Okanagan Library holds over 200 thousand items, including books, films, journals, maps, and sound recordings, as well as special collections and archival materials relevant to the Okanagan and neighbouring regions of British Columbia

Learn more about UBC Library collections on our Facts & Figures page, as well as on the UBC Library’s Collections page.

Featured Collections

Explore the unique physical and digital library collections available at the UBC Okanagan Library. Other featured collections are also available.

Audiovisual Collection

Our Okanagan Library holds over 4,500 audiovisual titles in DVD and VHS format. Highlights of this collection include a robust assortment of Hollywood feature films, as well as foreign language titles from countries around the world.

Located on the first floor of the library, all of these titles are available to borrow.


Digitizing photographscIRcle is the University of British Columbia’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations.

UBC Okanagan featured material includes:

Digital Collections

UBC Library offers access to searchable online collections through the Open Collections portal, the institutional repository cIRcle, and the online archival descriptions database AtoM.

Okanagan highlights include:

Leisure Reading CollectionLeisure Reading Collection

Looking to relax with a good read? Do you like mysteries, romance, fantasy, popular science or contemporary fiction?

Check out this collection of paperbacks on the main floor of the Okanagan Library, located in the shelving unit beside the Quick Use computers (east of the Library Service Desk).  This leisure reading collection is frequently refreshed with new titles.

Can you recommend a good book, or is there a title you would like to see?  Let us know through our Suggest a Book form.

UBC Okanagan mapsMaps

Located on the second floor of the Okanagan Library, our topographic map collection focuses on areas of British Columbia and Alberta. Other Okanagan maps are also available in our Okanagan Special Collections.

Additional support for locating maps in the UBC Library collection is available:

Special Collections & Archives

Recently renovated spaces in the library now house special resources related to the Okanagan region. Looking to do a bit of research on the area? Come and visit us!

For more information visit our Special Collections and Archives page.


Arielle Lomness, Collections Librarian
Phone: (250) 807-8410

The Library also has a number of subject liaison librarians to assist you with specific research and collections questions.

To share suggestions and requests:

For information regarding donations to the UBC Okanagan Library, please visit our Donations page.

UBC Library Policies and Information

BorrowingThe Library has a number of collection development policies that detail how UBC, as an institution, acquires books and other materials.

Some applicable policies include:

Information related to UBC Library budget and planning for collections, as well as an FAQ are available.

In addition, UBC Library works with many partners in order to provide superior access to collections. Please visit the cooperative collecting and scholarly communications membership pages for more information.