A multipurpose facility built to support student potential and foster collaboration, scholarly engagement, and innovation.

The Commons features a 400-seat classroom, a visualization and emerging media studio, engagement theatre, digital design lab, coffee shop, graduate commons space, and more than 350 informal study spaces, including 33 bookable study rooms.

Graduate Commons

Located on the third floor of the Commons building, the Graduate Commons space is designed to support the overall academic well-being of graduate students. The Graduate Commons provides dedicated graduate study space with seating for private and group study and plenty of natural light. The space includes a printer, lockers, moveable whiteboards as well as two bookable meeting rooms.

  1. Fill in your request access form
  2. Once you submit the form, a request will be made by the Library for a SALTO card. It takes approximately two weeks for the card to be processed. You will be notified when your card is ready and you may pick it up at the Library service desk on the first floor of the main library building.
  3. For students with existing SALTO’s, you will still be required to submit the form and will be notified once your SALTO is activated for access to the Graduate Commons space.

Fill in request access form

Once you have access to the Graduate Commons you can book one of the two meetings rooms, COM310A & COM310C, by following the steps below: 

  1. Review and accept the Graduate Student Space User Agreement
  2. Log in to and book the appropriate room

Questions about the Graduate Commons?

Please email gradcommons.ok@ubc.ca

Quiet Study Spaces

Serwa Reading Room

This quiet study space on the ground floor of the Commons next to the Library building features natural light and a variety of seating options, including treadmill and stationary bicycle desks.

North Reading Room

Located on the third floor of the Commons, the North Reading Room has a variety of high and low seating options and is the perfect place to focus on your studies in a quiet environment.

Please note that our study habits are as unique as we are. If you are in a designated quiet study space, please be respectful and keep unnecessary noise or distraction to a minimum.

Special Purpose Spaces

The only 400-seat classroom at UBC Okanagan, this space includes a multimedia projector, full presentation console, iClicker, lighting control, media capture and AC power to all seats.

Okanagan Special Collections

Located on the lower level of the Commons, Okanagan Special Collections provides a repository for titles published in and about the Okanagan and neighbouring regions of British Columbia, as well as archival collections that present the rich and dynamic history of the region.

To search for Okanagan Special Collections holdings, please use the UBC Library Catalogue. Archival materials are accessible for in-person research consultations. To book a consultation, contact our Archivist.

Okanagan Special Collections

An interactive space that has programmable screens for presentation, digital art, and more. This space requires booking in advance for events.

The Visualization and Emerging Media Studio (VEMS) aims to lower the bar of entry into immersive realities and big data visualization. By holding space for experimentation, providing access to the latest technologies and attracting the brightest students, faculty and staff, the VEMS is a launching point for ground-breaking digital discovery.

Please note that this space is not yet open or available for viewings.

With high ceilings and enormous windows, this long narrow seating area features gorgeous views of the Okanagan Valley and makes for the perfect place to study or eat lunch.

Located on the lower and ground floor of the Commons, the Great Hall offers flexible seating and features a fifty-foot ceiling and a variety of innovative furniture and seating options for study and informal gatherings. The floor to ceiling windows provide ample natural light throughout the year.