As a graduate student, we recognize the important role our collections play in your academic career. In addition to the 7 million items in the UBC Library collections, we offer graduate students one-on-one research help, graduate-specific workshops, interlibrary loans, document delivery, off-campus access to e-books and online articles, data services, and much more. Wherever you are in your graduate studies, we can support you with digital resources and in-person help.

New to the Library?

Here are a few things to know

Getting started


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Obtain a Library Card

Your UBCcard is all you need to gain access to the Library. Simply sign up for your UBCcard and you’ll automatically have access to UBC Library loans and services. Your card will be scanned any time you sign out materials in-person. Please note that UBC Library loan regulations apply to card use. You can also use your card to sign-out laptops and tablets, or even borrow a portable stand-up desk for your laptop.
Sign up for your UBCcard


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Contact your subject librarian

You will have a subject librarian that can support your research. .
find my subject librarian


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Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC)

The CSC supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops 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 CSC

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If you would like to print at the Library, we have you covered. The Swipe to Print and QuickPrint systems are easy to use from wherever you are in the Library or Commons. See a Peer Technology Assistant at the Library Service Desk for more information.

Learn how to Swipe to Print

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Graduate study and meeting spaces

The Graduate Commons is a dedicated graduate space available to graduate students for quiet study, meeting with peers, and collaborative group work. The third-floor space was uniquely designed for the academic needs of UBC Okanagan graduate students.

Explore the Commons

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Library service desk

Our service desk is located on the first floor of the Library and is a central point of contact and support for students. Our front desk staff consists of Library assistants and Peer Technology Assistants who are available to support you and answer questions during Library hours.

Learn more 

Digital Library Tools

UBC Library Document Delivery (UBC DocDel)

UBC Library Document Delivery (UBC DocDel) is a service that retrieves UBC Library materials for you. This service is offered through the UBC Library Catalogue and available to current UBC students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers. A valid UBC/Library card is required.

UBC Library Catalogue

Interlibrary Loans

If you can’t find what you need in the UBC Library, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will order it for you from another Library. How long will it take: This depends on the availability at other libraries. Articles can take 1-2 days, books at least 7 days. In some cases, it can be longer.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Using the Search Tool

From searching Summon to learning how to use our Indexes and Articles, our Help with Search section is a great place to start.

Search Help

Citation Style Guides

While the most common citation styles are APA, MLA, and Chicago, there are many others. Different disciplines use different citation styles, so we encourage you to confirm with your instructor which style you should use. Additionally, citing your sources correctly and ensuring that your writing cannot be considered plagiarism is essential in academic writing.

Guides & Tools

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Questions about intellectual property? Learn about copyright infringement, guidance on best practices, and information to help you understand what you can do or cannot do with copyrighted works.

Copyright information

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Connect from home

Current UBC students, faculty and staff can access licensed Library resources including JournalsIndexes & Databases and other resources from off-campus computers. All you need is a valid Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or UBC Library Card.

CONNECT from home

Still looking for a digital resource for your research?

Explore all research services at the Library

In-person support services

We offer a number of in-person resources on the Okanagan campus designed specifically for graduate students. Explore how we can assist you: