UBC Okanagan has aligned most policy decisions related to the current closure with UBC Library in Vancouver. UBC Okanagan specific contacts and details are outlined below.

The UBC Okanagan Library, UBC Innovation Library, and Okanagan Special Collections physical locations are closed until further notice. Many services are available online.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Library Service & Space Updates

Space Closures and Contacts
The UBC Okanagan Library building is closed. Contact libquestions.ok@ubc.ca for general library questions.

Okanagan Special Collections is closed. Contact osc-contact@lists.ubc.ca with questions.

The Innovation Library is closed. Contact innovation.library@ubc.ca with questions.

The Okanagan Regional Library @UBCO branch is closed. Visit the ORL Website for details on available services and spaces.

Informal learning spaces and bookable study spaces are available in The Commons. Seating has been reduced and social distancing guidelines are posted.

Online Services
Research support from librarians is available online, contact your subject librarian through the Ask Your Librarian form. Get search and citation help through AskAway instant chat.

Centre for Scholarly Communication is providing workshops and one-on-one consultations online.

Services in the Student Learning Hub are available online.

Normally, the Library accepts gift-in-kind donations such as books, journals, archives or other resources. However, due to current conditions surrounding COVID-19, we have suspended our gift-in-kind donations program until further notice. If you wish to donate books, journals, or other resources to the UBC Okanagan Library, please contact our Collections Librarian. We encourage you to read our Gift-in-Kind FAQs before donating.

Contactless Pickup
Books, DVDs, laptops and other UBC Library materials are available to borrow through our Contactless Pickup service.

Interlibrary Loans 
Access to print Interlibrary Loan requests are unavailable while most academic libraries are closed. Employees will make every effort to fill requests for digital materials; however, it may take some time to follow up with your requests.

Please keep physical ILL items already in your possession until the Library reopens. Fines will not be charged for items due during the closure.

Contact us at ill.ok@ubc.ca if you have any questions or require assistance.

All regular library loan policies and fines are in effect. The book drop at the main entrance to the Okanagan Library remains open.

Please contact us via our Library Account Assistance Form with any questions.

Online Collections
Online collections access remains unchanged during the closure of Library spaces. A valid CWL is required to access online resources remotely.

Current students, faculty and staff should review off-campus access using EZproxy protocols before trying to connect to any of the library’s online resources from off-campus. Computers using a UBC wired or wireless network connection are automatically authenticated.

Library journals, books, and databases can be found using the Search tool on the main page, or a more in depth search of Library Collections (including Research Guides, and Open Collections) from the Library’s Search Collections page.

Course Reserves
Online Course Reserves can be accessed here. Print Course Reserves are not currently available.

Instructors can make requests at this time for materials to be made available online, either through the Course Reserves system or by email: okanagan.reserve@ubc.ca. Appropriate copyright considerations and licensing permissions will be applied to all requests.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing online resources please contact us.

Research support from librarians is available online; contact your subject librarian through the Ask Your Librarian form. Contact BC Librarians for search help through AskAway instant chat.

Research Guides provide a starting point for research by subject and topic.

Citation Guides provide examples for frequently asked questions in APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Library Support
Your Subject Librarian is always available to support you, including if you would like specific content (videos, modules, quizzes, etc.) tailored to your courses and assignments.

Canvas Modules
The Library has developed a series of Canvas modules for citing sources in MLA and APA citation styles, as well as several introductory library modules that can be easily adapted or modified. All of these can be found on Canvas Commons by searching UBCO Library.

Open Educational Resources 
The Library has an Open Education website, which includes toolkits and resources for searching, accessing, and creating open educational resources.

Streaming Services and Copyright

Are you interested in incorporating a video or film into your course? The Library provides access to a number of streaming services.

If you have questions about copyright, please contact us at copyright.ok@ubc.ca.

Contact cIRcle to add content to UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials.

Instructional Support 
If you have any questions about how the Library can support your instructional needs, please contact Sajni Lacey, Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian, at sajni.lacey@ubc.ca.