Okanagan Special Collections acquires books, pamphlets, maps, and archives with relevance to the region.

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). Please note that due to construction activity, the access is currently by appointment only. Regular hours will resume Monday, November 18, 2019.

Microfilm reader

Contact one of our staff for an orientation to the machine, or drop in.

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.

Go to the 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.

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Contact Us

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

To find OSC materials, search our catalogue (select “Okanagan Special Collections” from the drop down) or browse our archives. For further assistance conducting research, please consult our various historical research guides.

Find out current Special Collections hours.