The UBC Okanagan Library is an active partner in supporting faculty members in their research and teaching at the UBC Okanagan campus. Our Library staff and subject librarians are here to support all aspects of your work.

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Getting Started

Your UBCcard is both your institutional ID and your Library card. You can apply for your card online

  • If you hold an active appointment with and are paid by UBC, you have full access to UBC Library’s print and electronic collections. This is true even if you work at a distance from UBC. In this case, you are eligible for home delivery by means of our Interlibrary Loans Department. To access the electronic collections remotely, you will need a valid UBC CWL account.

  • If you need a Faculty Authorization Card for research assistants, associates and administrative staff, fill out the UBC Library Card Application Form for Faculty and bring it in-person to the Borrower Services desk at your UBC Library branch.

Key Resources for Faculty

UBC Okanagan Library offers two ways to enter readings into course reserves.

  1. Let the Library take care of it for you by logging in with your CWL and using the Add Syllabus button. If you have questions about the service, email the UBC Okanagan Course Reserves Team.
  2. Set up your course reserves yourself by logging in and view the user guide for help.

CWL Login

Connect to UBC Library’s resources from anywhere! To get instant access when off-campus, all you need to do is start your research from the UBC Library web site.

Learn more

One intellectual property right that is very important to UBC faculty, staff and students is copyright. Infringing copyright is a serious matter and UBC requires each of its faculty, staff and students to comply with copyright. See the suite of guides, links and helpful information in the Instructors portal and the Copyright at UBC website.

Other resources:


For detailed questions, or to request assistance in making your copyright analysis, please contact or email your subject librarian.


The Library provides a Document Delivery service for items from UBC Vancouver and an Interlibrary Loan service for materials not held by UBC Library. These are free services that allow you to access items from UBC and around the world.

If your media item is available, you do not need to pre-book it. In this case, you can simply sign it out. To guarantee availability of videos, films or DVDs for classroom presentation on a specific date, you will need to make a booking 2 – 3 weeks in advance. Use the online UBC Library Media Booking System.

  • Note: Bookings are available for items in Koerner, Education, Woodward, Okanagan, and David Lam Libraries ONLY, and for the BC ELN Media Collection.
  • For more information about Media Booking services, please see Videos and Films.

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


Open UBC is a curated collection of resources for faculty and students to learn about open scholarship and what it means to teaching, learning, and research at UBC. Contact Donna Langille, Open Education Librarian, for more information.

Research and Instructional Support

As a leading research university, we recognize the need for research and instructional support at every stage of a faculty member’s academic career. The UBC Okanagan Library also offers a variety of support services and online resources to help you succeed.

Library Instruction

The library offers several options to integrate the library and information literacy instruction into courses. Learn what librarians teach, how we teach, and some general guidelines on bringing the library into your classes.


Subject Librarians

Subject Librarians provide virtual research consultations as well as subject specific library instruction and workshops.


Centre for Scholarly Communication

The CSC provides one-on-one consultations about all aspects of scholarly communication, including writing support for journal articles, grant proposals, and conference presentations, as well as copyright, open access, and author rights.


Faculty Research Support

We help support research activities across myriad disciplines and can assist in publishing and research dissemination. Whether you’re looking for information about preserving your research data, choosing a journal for your article, or building your academic profile, we will help you navigate your research path.