Undergraduate Students

Getting Started

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

  • Access online journals and other Library materials from home

Next Steps

  • Library Instruction: If you’re enrolled in APSC 150, APSC 176, BIOL 140, CAP, CHEM 121, ENGL 112, FRST 100, LFS 100, SCIE 101, SCIE 113, WRDS 150, or a host of other courses, library instruction is integrated into your course. Drop in workshops are also available.
  • Visit the Learning Commons for tutoring, writing support, academic coaching, technology help and more.
  • Our online Assignment Calculator helps you manage that super-complicated assignment by breaking it down into a series of doable steps. Just enter your start and due date, and your plan appears.
  • Still can't find what you're looking for? Ask us - in person, on the phone, via email or online chat.

Course Reserves

Course reserves are learning materials made available by your course instructor. They may include electronic articles, books and DVDs and even websites.

  • Many course reserves are electronic but some materials are only available at the Library.
  • Non-electronic items are made available for a shortened loan period to ensure access for all students.

Access Course Reserves


1. Log into Connect with your CWL login

2. Click on Library at the top right of the page


3. Click on Open My LOCR

Connect LOCR

4. Click on the desired course under My Courses

Connect LOCR Student

5. Course Reserves will open in a new window. NOTE: The new window may be blocked by your browser's pop-up blocker. Be sure to allow the new window through your pop-up blocker.


~Coming Soon~

Standalone LOCR

1. Log into LOCR with your CWL login.

2. The courses you are currently enrolled in with course reserves will display under My Courses. Select the course to access the course reserves. LOCR standalone for students

Viewing Course Reserve Items

Your list of course readings is in the order submitted by your course instructor. The item list include Title, Format, Author, Call Number (if on physical reserve at your library branch), Pages, Availability Date and Tags. If you've already clicked to access a resource, you will see a Yes under the Read column.

The Search box will allow you to quickly filter down by Title, Author or Instructor Tag.

If your instructor is making use of the required reading feature, you will notice a Required Readings Star in LOCR to the left of your reading

Clicking on any title will take you to a record with further information about an item. You can connect to electronic items from this page or link to the item record to see if it is available at your library branch.

LOCR - Student Item List.png

The Item record window will include a View Item button that will launch to the library record or download a PDF. If your instructor has left special notes on your item, they will appear on this screen.

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Format Types

LOCR Article Icon Image Article: This will open to an electronic journal article available through the Library. If an article is available in multiple databases, you may be asked to select one.

LOCR Book Icon Image Book: This is a physical book available in your library branch. The item record will open to a catalogue record with the call number and branch.

LOCR ChapterExcerpt Icon Image PDF Chapter: This is a scanned PDF from a Library resource. The PDF will download automatically to your desktop.

LOCR PDF Upload Icon Image PDF Upload: This is a PDF uploaded by your instructor. The PDF will download automatically to your desktop.

LOCR Web Resources Icon Image Web Resource: This is a hyperlink to a website on the internet. The resource will link to a resource outside of UBC.

LOCR Media Icon Image DVD/CD/Media: This will link to a catalogue record for a DVD or CD available through the library or an online streaming media resource available through the library.

LOCR Physical Item Icon Image Physical Item: This is is physical item placed on reserve by your instructor for your course.


Error Messages

If you encounter any errors accessing a library resource, it is possible that an electronic resource is unavailable. Please contact your Library Course Reserve branch immediately for assistance.

I can't see my course under the Courses list under the Library tab

You must be enrolled in a course to see it under the courses list under the Library tab. Please make sure that you are properly enrolled in your course or contact your instructor to have them add you. If you have recently been added to your course, please allow one night for course reserves to update with your enrolment information.


  • Copyright - 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: copyright.ubc.ca

Library Jobs

Student jobs at the library are all listed on the UBC Career Services website.

source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:Help_for_Undergraduate_Students