Graduate Students

Most of the information in this guide can also be found in the 2017 Graduate Student Guide (PDF)


Learning, knowledge, research, insight: welcome to UBC Library, the second largest research library in Canada. The Library has more than ten branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations and its Okanagan campus location. The Library's collections include more than 6.5 million items, and it offers students, faculty and staff a wide range of services, including one-on-one research help, workshops, interlibrary loans, document delivery, off-campus access to ebooks and online articles, data services, a GIS lab, microform readers & scanners and much more.

Library Services


Library Research Commons

The Research Commons at Koerner Library provides support services produced by graduate students, for graduate students. Choose from a workshop or a one-on-one consultation to learn how to

Ask a Librarian

Every branch of the Library has staff who can help you find what you need. Looking for articles, primary sources, data or statistics to support your research?

  • Don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance at the reference desk, via email, online chat
  • Or make an appointment with your subject librarian, who can provide personalized help with your research.

Where are?

How do I?

Access & Borrowing

Connecting from Home

As a UBC student, you have full access to the wide range of print and electronic collections through the Library from home, as well as in person. To get instant access to online Journals, Indexes & Databases, and other Library licensed resources from off-campus locations you can use the EZproxy login.

You'll need your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or your UBC Card's barcode and PIN number.

Picture of EZPproxy Login Screen

Troubleshooting Checklist:

1. Check your connectivity: make sure that your internet service provider is working.
2. If you can't log in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL), contact UBC IT Service Centre Help Desk, by phone (604-822-2008 weekdays, 8:00-4:30) or via this form.
3. If you can't log in using your Library barcode and PIN, you might have a Library PIN problem. Call the Library's Borrower Services division at 604-822-2406. More information here. Forgotten your Library PIN? Reset it here.
4. If your access problems are intermittent, i.e., you can access some online journals from home but not others it may be that there's an issue with the journal itself. You can report access problems relating to specific journals and/or databases here:

Library Cards

  • Your UBC Card is your Library card
  • You can also apply for Reciprocal Borrowing privileges at many other Canadian and U.S. post-secondary institutions.

Borrower Services

  • Log into your account to:
    • change your PIN
    • renew items
    • pay your fines online
    • set up email reminders for item due dates


Search Tools

Citing & Bibliographies

Contact A Librarian

Research Guides


Copyrighted materials are everywhere—you produce them, and you use them, every day. Be responsible in your research and studies: know what you can and can’t do under copyright law. Infringing copyright is a serious matter. Find information about copyright, UBC’s requirements and more:


Your Thesis/Dissertation

  • Thesis and Dissertation Format & Submission: This is your go-to guide to find UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for your thesis proposal, as well as research ethics and planning and defending your thesis. Of particular interest:
  • cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community, openly accessible to anyone on the web. This is where you will ultimately submit your final thesis/dissertation.
  • The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports graduate-level writing. Join the writing community to work on your projects every week with the support of your peers or book an appointment to see a graduate writing consultant.
  • The Centre for Scholarly Communication at the UBC Okanagan Library provides workshops and one-on-one consultations about all aspects of scholarly communication, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles, grant proposals, and conference presentations, as well as copyright, open access, and author rights.

Looking for theses?

Your Research Data

  • This website, developed and maintained by UBC Library, provides valuable information and resources related to UBC's Research Data management strategy. If you are producing, reusing or interested in preserving and sharing your research data, please visit the site.

Beyond the Thesis/Dissertation

  • Citation Metrics: explains how to use citation analysis tools to measure the impact of articles, books, journals and individual researchers.