UBC Library – The Centre of Campus Life

Welcome to all parents of UBC students!

As a parent, you are now part of the wider UBC community that plays such a vital role in university life. The support we receive from alumni, staff, faculty and parents is an important part of what makes UBC great. Parents have a long history of supporting UBC Library, so we invite you to make a donation to the UBC Library Parents’ Innovation Fund or the UBC Okanagan Library Parents’ Innovation Fund.

UBC Library is central to student life on campus. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the library, to demonstrate the support students can expect—thanks in part to donations from parents like you:

Where can students study on campus?
Sometimes the dorm-room or the café just won’t cut it. UBC Library provides students with group and silent study spaces across all of our campus branches. Many of our study spaces incorporate the latest technology, such as smart boards, webcams, and media editing software, and students can access library resources through the free Wi-Fi provided at all of our branches. All branches are equipped with workstations with a diverse range of software to fit student needs across UBC’s many faculties. Both our UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan main branches loan out everything from laptop computers to cell phone chargers.

What online resources are available to students?
A student’s ID card also doubles as a library card, enabling them to access a wide range of print and electronic library resources on campus or remotely. If a student needs articles for a project, our UBC Librarians have compiled subject-specific guides to help. Students can also access the digital resources created and maintained by the library’s Digital Initiatives through the Open Collections Portal. Through this platform, students can access in-house digital content ranging from Ancient Greek papyri to rare BC historical archives.

What kind of services does the Library provide for students?
UBC Library’s goal is to support scholars at all levels as they communicate their ideas to their peers and to the community at large. UBC students can access high-level research and technology support from librarians and peer coaches on both our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Students in Vancouver can access writing workshops, tutoring, and peer academic coaching at the Chapman Learning Commons on the third floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Our Okanagan students can access the UBCO Writing and Research Centre, which offers support on any kind of writing assignment for all of our students.

The generous support we have received from parents and other donors over the years has helped make much of this possible. Please help UBC Library continue to support our students to succeed, by donating to UBC Library’s Parents’ Innovation Fund or to UBC Okanagan Library Parents’ Innovation Fund. Thank you.

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