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 will be closed until further notice. Many services are available online.

New! Contactless pickup of Okanagan Library material is now available. Read more about how to request material and where to pick it up.

For Vancouver library information, click here.

UBC.ca continues to be the most up-to-date and authoritative source of information about the University’s response to COVID-19.

Library Service & Space Updates

The UBC Okanagan Library will be closed as of Friday, March 20 at 5pm. Contact libquestions.ok@ubc.ca for general library questions.

Most areas of The Commons will remain open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily as study space with limited hours. Seating has been reduced and social distancing guidelines are posted. Study rooms cannot be booked.

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

Centre for Scholarly Communication consultations are being delivered online. Click here for details.

Student Learning Hub Consultations are being delivered online. Click here for details.

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 their closure including account information and return policies.

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 read through our Gift-in-Kind FAQs before donating.

Access to print collections from the UBC Library is available through our contactless pickup service.

Access to print Interlibrary Loans 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.

If you have any questions, or need help with your request, please contact us at ill.ok@ubc.ca

Notice: Library Staff are exploring if library systems can be altered to neither apply standard fines nor send notices of overdues while we are closed.  In the absence of a system change, library fines will not prevent either graduation or fall registration.

The book drop at the main entrance to the Library is currently open and you can drop off books anytime (whiteboard kits and other small items can also be put in there). Laptops and chargers can be left with Campus Security in the Administration building. However, please do not feel that you need to return materials currently in your possession right now.

The library will cancel late fees on all item types from March 16 until the situation changes. If late fees or other charges appear on your library account, they will be removed once the library reopens.

If you have items that have been recalled, you do not have to return them until the library reopens.

Please contact us via our Assistance Form with any questions.

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.

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 online chat help through AskAway.

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

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

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

The Library has also developed a series of Canvas modules for citing 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.

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

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

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.

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.