UBCO Special Collections and Archives serves as a dynamic access point for archival, primary source, and special collections reflecting the history and character of the Okanagan and neighbouring areas.

Zine Fair '24

Okanagan Special Collections and Archives is pleased to host the second annual Zine Fair, featuring new and creative works from a broad set of UBC students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Exhibition Guide



Using the Archives

OSC & A manages and stewards numerous distinct repositories with a combined aim of documenting the campus, the Okanagan area, and the broader context of southern interior of BC, including the Shuswap, Similkameen, Boundary, Kootenay, Columbia, Thompson, and Nicola regions.

Our collections include archival records, photographs, audio-visual, and ephemera as well as published works of and about our geography of focus.

Themes of subject coverage include UBCO campus history, environment, agriculture, arts and culture, the BC wine industry, and Indigenous knowledge.

Located in COM 004 on the lower level of The Commons adjacent to the D. Ross Fitzpatrick Great Hall. Our collections are available to everyone within the UBC Community and beyond.

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Materials in OSC are rare, unique and must be handled with care. Our space has enhanced security and a dedicated reading space for researcher convenience.

Coming with a team? Contact us to make a group booking.

Our Welcome Package will tell you how to prepare and what to expect.

Access UBCO’s microfilm collection at the OSC Service Desk’s SL1000 Digital scanner.

Microfilm/microfiche borrowed through DocDel and ILL can be viewed here as well.

Contact us for an orientation to the machine, or drop in during our open hours.

For access to the collection, box retrieval, or advanced research help, please use our online booking system to Make an Appointment.

Don’t see a time that works? E-mail us to book an appointment!

If you require advanced research help, or are not sure what you’re looking for, contact our Archivist.

Images of resources in copyright may be captured on a personal device under the fair dealing exception of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42), please capture OSC’s usage tag in the image frame.

Okanagan Special Collections and Archives offers digital reproduction of images and/or materials within our collections. To request a reproduction, please fill out a Reproduction Agreement.

OSC & A offers employment opportunities to UBCO students and students pursuing degrees in archival and library studies at other Universities. Active job postings can be found on Symplicity. All inquiries can be directed to osc-contact@lists.ubc.ca.

Our Collections

British Columbia Regional Digitized History (BCRDH)

UBC Okanagan Library prioritizes cultivating spaces and collections in the context of its position within the campus, and the broader community.

Departing from these values, Okanagan Special Collections and Archives has partnered with over 50 regional museums and archives to create an integrated, cross-searchable repository of digitized archives

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Contact Us

For general inquiries about Okanagan Special Collections and Archives email us at osc-contact@lists.ubc.ca.

If you have materials you’d like to donate, please contact Paige Hohmann, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.