Library Spaces

UBC Okanagan Library has over 650 seats available for both group and individuals to study and with various noise levels between our two floors.

Group Study Areas

First floor couches

There are nine bookable study rooms in the library: three on the first floor and six on the second. A range of technology is available to students in the study rooms including SmartBoards (interactive white boards), digital screens, whiteboards, a recording studio and video conferencing equipment. Check out SmartBoard kits, whiteboard kits, USBs, adaptors, and keys to LIB 123 and 125 at the Library Service Desk. All Group Study Rooms can be booked online

The main area of the first floor  also has a variety of seating areas – couches, soft seating, and large group tables – for group work and individual study. Quiet conversation is permitted in these areas.

Quiet Study Areas

Study carrellThe Library maintains several quiet study areas to be used for individual silent study, including:

  • Field Reading Room on the first floor of the library
  • East Reading Room on the first floor of the library
  • Learning Lab (LIB111) has computers on the first floor of the library (available when not being used for Library workshops)
  • Study Carrels on the second floor of the library

If you have noise complaints in any of the quiet areas, please contact the Library Service Desk. Earplugs are also available at the Library Service Desk. Please note, if using headphones in any of the quiet areas, please ensure your volume does not disturb those around you.

Special Collections Room

Special CollectionsThe Special Collections room can be used for individual silent study as well as to view Special Collections materials. Special Collections materials and room are available for use by UBC students, faculty, and staff as well as community members who have a valid library card.  Materials and the room are available for use when the Library is open until 30 minutes before the Library’s posted closing time (excluding extended hours during exam periods).

Room access cards are required to enter the room. They are available at the Service Desk and can be signed out for two-hour blocks of time. The room is limited to a maximum of twelve people. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Special Collections room.

Inclusive Technology Lab

The Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL), located in LIB101, is a space to experiment with assistive technology. It provides students with six assistive technology workstations, a distraction-reduced study space, and an accessible group study space. Additionally, a range of assistive technology can be borrowed from the Library Service Desk, located centrally on the first floor of the Library. Learn more about the Inclusive Technology Lab.

Fireside Reading Lounge

Reading in the Fireside Lounge

The Fireside Reading Lounge is a comfortable space on the main floor of the Library.

Located on the east side of the Library, you can find comfortable soft seating, foot stools, short tables, recent newspapers, and popular magazines surrounding a welcoming fireplace. Leisure books and “fun” reads are located nearby.

Use this space to read by yourself or meet friends for a study break.

 

Writing and Research Services Area

The Writing and Research Services unit is located in LIB237. You can access both the Writing and Research Centre and Centre for Scholarly Communication from the west entrance of the Library of  through the main Library entrance, up the stairs, and along the north wall until you see the door next to the self-checkout.

Library Tours

You can visit us virtually through our tour video. The Library tour video is currently available in Cantonese, English, Korean, and Mandarin, with more languages forthcoming.

For an in person tour of the Library, please contact Barbara Sobol, Undergraduate Services Librarian, at barbara.sobol@ubc.ca

Share your thoughts about our spaces

Do you have comments and suggestions about any of our spaces? Let us know using our Questions, Comments & Suggestions form.