The UBC Okanagan Library is at the heart of the UBC Okanagan campus and contributes unique resources, people, spaces, and instruction to support transformative learning, research excellence, and community engagement.

The Library is a place where students, faculty, staff, and community connect—to one another and to new thinking that inspires people, ideas and actions for a better world.

Discovery and Research

The Library is a collaborative, interdisciplinary place that fosters innovation and new thinking on the UBC Okanagan campus. The Library plays a critical role in the research enterprise, and supports a wide range of students and faculty, from graduate students to lab managers, to funded researchers. A fundamental partner in research, the UBCO Library offers writing and research workshops, assistance with the creation of research data management plans, and one-on-one guidance on Tri-Agency funding requirements.

Learn more about research support services.

Teaching and Learning

Committed to supporting transformative learning experiences, the Library is a collaborative partner for students and faculty throughout their academic careers. From scholarly communication advising to writing and instructional supports, the Library offers myriad ways to enhance learning and improve outcomes both in-person and in the classroom. Unique learning environments such as the Inclusive Technology Lab and the Graduate Commons provide students with the spaces and tools they need to succeed.

Learn more about Library Instruction

Spaces and Collections  

Our spaces are dynamic, flexible, and adaptable in order to offer faculty and students learning environments where they can thrive. Our mission to be an inclusive place is exemplified by the user-centric design in our spaces and buildings such as the Commons, Inclusive Technology Lab, Innovation Library, and our renovated first floor and service desk.

Library collections fill a critical role in the mission of UBC as a world-class research university. At UBC Okanagan, our physical collections represent a robust, active working collection of just over 200,000 volumes, with an ongoing partnership with the Vancouver campus for access to deep research collections. Our digital collections include an extensive, multidisciplinary collection of electronic journals and ebooks, as well as UBC’s Open Collections.

Learn more about our Collections

Campus and Community

The UBC Okanagan Library provides welcoming learning environments for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the UBC Okanagan campus and is committed to being an inclusive nexus for scholarly engagement. Beyond the campus, we take an innovative, leading-edge approach to community partnerships and engaging with our local and regional community. Our successful partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) includes both the Innovation Library in the ORL Kelowna branch downtown and the ORL @UBCO branch, which serves the entire campus community.

Our partnerships extend across the Okanagan through our Digitized Okanagan History project, our Leader in Residence annual conference, and via our partnership with the Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

Learn more about community partnerships and opportunities with the Library

Featured Projects

Explore our featured projects below.

Open Science

Discovery and research

Open Science promotes transparency and integrity in research, increasing the quality of the research process through robust replicable methods and open reporting. UBC Okanagan Library is engaging with UBC partners to facilitate researcher engagement and student learning in practices and principles of Open Science. Learn more about Open Science at UBC.

Innovation Library

Campus and community

Students, faculty, staff and community members alike can access UBC Library’s electronic resources through the Innovation Library in downtown Kelowna. Research support from a UBC Okanagan Librarian is available at the Innovation Library in person, by phone, and by email. Learn more about the Innovation Library.

Centre for Scholarly Communication

Discovery and research

The Centre for Scholarly Communication provides 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. Learn more about the Centre for Scholarly Communication.

Student Learning Hub

Teaching and learning

The Student Learning Hub is an undergraduate student’s one-stop-shop for math, science, writing, and language support. Located on the second floor of the Library in LIB 237, the Student Learning Hub helps students build the skills, strategies, and behaviors that are essential to become confident and independent learners.

Visualization and Emerging Media Studio

Teaching and learning

The Visualization and Emerging Media Studio (VEMS) aims to lower the bar of entry into immersive realities and big data visualization. By holding space for experimentation, providing access to the latest technologies, and attracting the brightest students, faculty and staff, the VEMS is a launching point for ground-breaking digital discovery.

Records Management

Campus and community

The UBCO Records Management Team supports campus units in meeting best practice in the care and handling of departmental records. The RMO team assists in maintaining compliance with University recordkeeping policy and providing strategies that make record organization easier. Learn more about our records management services.

Digitized Okanagan History

Campus and community

The objective of DOH is to work collaboratively with partner repositories to improve access to a wide range of local historical resources by digitizing photographs, archival records, maps, publications, oral histories and community newspapers and making this information more widely available through a single, integrated online portal. See the portal

Okanagan Regional Library at UBC Okanagan

Campus and community

The Okanagan Regional Library operates a branch on the first floor of the UBC Okanagan Library. Anyone with an ORL library card can take out books, access online streaming services, and put holds on books for pick-up. An ORL staff member will be in the branch on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to issue ORL library cards and answer questions. Browse the ORL Collection

The Commons

Spaces and collections

A multipurpose facility built to support student potential and foster collaboration, scholarly engagement, and innovation. The Commons features a graduate commons, 400-seat classroom, visualization and emerging media studio, engagement theatre, digital design lab, coffee shop, and more than 350 informal study spaces, including 33 bookable study rooms. Learn more about The Commons.

Students in the library


UBC Okanagan Library is an inclusive place, a service-focused team, and a nexus of scholarly engagement.


Lead by example. Empower by design.


  • Connect
  • Facilitate
  • Collaborate
  • Engage
  • Lead
  • Empower
  • Create

Annual Senate Reports

The UBC Okanagan Library prepares an annual report, providing an overview of the organization and its progress over the course of the year.





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