Okanagan Special Collections at UBC Okanagan forms a key and dynamic part of the Library’s Collection in seeking, sourcing, and acquiring books, pamphlets, maps, and archival material with regional resonance to the Okanagan and adjacencies. Our mandate is to build our collections with materials about, and written or published in, the Okanagan Region.

Access to Okanagan Special Collections is made possible in a purpose-designed reading room which affords a quiet place to explore the history and contemporary identity of our region. Our reading room, and the collections to which it connects, are available to everyone, within the UBC community and beyond. Our storage vault provides a secure, climate controlled environment which help ensure

Access to Collections


Located on the lower level of the Commons (COM 004), the Special Collections reading room is open 10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday during the academic session (September to April) and by appointment during the summer (May to August).

Microfilm reader

Okanagan Special Collections is home to the library’s microfilm reader, which is available to use with materials on loan to the library through document delivery or inter library loan. Contact one of our staff for an orientation to the machine, or to book and appointment.

Our collections

In-depth archival reference relating to our two processed archival aggregations is available by appointment. These collections include:

Okanagan Special Collections is experiencing a period of growth, and more archival materials will be made available soon.

Digitized Okanagan History

Since 2016, the Digitized Okanagan History (D.O.H.) project has cultivated a regional partnership involving the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus Library and numerous community memory institutions located throughout the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen and Boundary regions of B.C. The objective of D.O.H. is to work collaboratively with partner repositories to improve access to a wide range of local historical resources by digitizing photographs, archival records, maps, publications, oral histories and community newspapers and making this information more widely available through a single, integrated online portal.

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Book and Archival Donations

If you are in possession of bibliographic or archival materials with a cultural or historical connection to British Columbia’s Southern Interior that you would like to see serve as a research instrument for students, faculty, and the public, Okanagan Special Collections is able to consider accepting donations.

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Contact Us

Materials in the Okanagan Special Collections room (COM004) are available for use during library hours. Please visit the Library Service Desk to request access to the space. Access to the physical archival collections is by appointment only.

Questions regarding the collections, possible donations, or access may be directed to our Archivist.

To find OSC materials, please browse the Special Collections holdings and/or Archival holdings. For further assistance conducting research, please consult our various historical research guides.

Find out current Special Collections hours.