The UBC Okanagan library offers unique learning environments that are designed to support every stage of our users' academic careers. Our spaces are intentionally designed to foster scholarly engagement and encourage collaboration and connection—whether it is for a class, conference, event or quiet study, the UBCO Library has a space for you.

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Library

Our library is a vibrant learning space with access to in-person help and digital resources to support teaching and learning at UBC Okanagan. Our main library acts as a nexus of scholarly engagement and offers borrower services, technology lending, document delivery loans with the UBC Library in Vancouver, and more.

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The Commons

With its futuristic, state-of-the-art design, the Commons is anything but common—it is uniquely designed to foster collaboration, scholarly engagement and innovation. The Commons was generously funded by students and provides flexible and unique learning and study spaces on every floor. 

Highlights:

  • 400-seat classroom
  • Visualization and emerging media studio
  • Graduate Commons
  • 350 new study and collaborative spaces
  • Comma café

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Innovation Library

The Innovation Library

The Innovation Library is a partnership between the UBC Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL). Conveniently located in downtown Kelowna at 1380 Ellis Street, the library supports all UBC students, faculty, and staff as well as community researchers in the Okanagan.

Visitors to the Innovation Library, including community researchers, can access many of UBC Library’s electronic resources. Learn more about the Innovation Library in downtown Kelowna.

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Okanagan Special Collections

The Okanagan Special Collections boasts a variety of resources—books, pamphlets, journal issues, DVDs, VHS, maps, etc.—created in and/or about the Okanagan-Similkameen, Columbia-Shuswap, and the Kootenays regions. Located on the lower floor of the Commons building, in COM004, our reading room, and the collections to which it connects, are available to everyone, within the UBC community and beyond.

As part of the UBC Okanagan Special Collections (OSC), the Archives collects materials related to local history, families, businesses, industries, etc. from the Okanagan-Similkameen, Columbia-Shuswap, and the Kootenays. Archival materials are accessible for in-person research consultations.

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Okanagan Regional Library

Okanagan Regional Library at UBC Okanagan 

The Okanagan Regional Library operates a branch on the first floor of the Library. Anyone with an ORL library card can take out books and put holds on books for pick-up. Students, faculty, and staff can access the branch during Library hours. This unique partnership offers a number of benefits, including:

Highlights:

  • Pick up and check out holds from the entire Okanagan Regional Library collection.
  • Browse and borrow from a curated selection of ORL’s collection.
  • Relax, read, and socialize during breaks in comfy chairs.
  • With your ORL library card, you can access online resources, eBooks, InstantFlix, Naxos Music Library, and more.

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Explore More Spaces

The Library maintains several quiet spaces for independent study, including:

  • Field Reading Room on the first floor of the library
  • East Reading Room on the first floor of the library
  • Study Carrels and 14 computers are located on the second floor of the library
  • The Library encourages users to be respectful of quiet study areas at all times.

A current Novell login is required to book a study room. This portal allows you to book spaces in the Library, Commons floors 0, 1, and 3, the Grad Commons, and EME Towers 1 and 2

 

The following policies apply to all rooms:

  1. Bookings can only be made by groups of 2 or more UBC students, faculty and staff.
  2. Bookings are limited to a maximum of 2 hours; up to 6 hours per week, per person.
  3. Bookings can be made up to 21 days in advance.
  4. Groups who are more than 10 minutes late forfeit their booking time.
  • The Library has 8 study rooms and a bookable recording studio. The Commons has 31 study rooms. The EME has 18 study rooms.
  • For Graduate Study Rooms on Floor 3 of The Commons, request access by following the instructions here.
  • The Recording Studio (LIB 123) is equipped with a consumer HD camera, audio and video recording software and optional lighting along with a step by step user guide. Students can check out a key to Studio 123 at the Library Service Desk.
  • The main area of the first floor of the Library also has a variety of seating areas – couches, soft seating, and large group tables – for group work and individual study. Quiet conversation is permitted in these areas.
  • The Recording Studio (LIB 123) is equipped with a consumer HD camera, audio and video recording software and optional lighting along with a step by step user guide. Students can check out a key to Studio 123 at the Library Service Desk.