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 research consultations, graduate-specific workshops, 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.

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 UBC Library loans and services. Simply sign up for your UBCcard and you’ll automatically have access. Please note that UBC Library loan regulations apply to card use.
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


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.


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The Swipe to Print and QuickPrint systems are easy to use from wherever you are in the Commons.

Learn how to Swipe to Print

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Graduate study spaces

The Graduate Commons is a graduate space available to graduate students for quiet study. The third-floor space was uniquely designed for the academic needs of UBC Okanagan graduate students.

Graduate Student Spaces

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Library service desk

Our Library Service Desk is a central point of contact and support for students. Our Library Assistants are available to support you and answer questions remotely.

Research & Citation Help

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

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service to obtain materials from other libraries that are not available in the UBC Library collection. Service timelines and due dates vary and will be communicated by email.

If you have any questions, or need help with your request, please contact us at

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

One-on-one support

We offer a number resources designed specifically for graduate students. Explore how we can assist you: