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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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