Documentation:Guide to Teaching for New Faculty at UBC/Resource 8: Getting Started at UBC Library

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Getting Started

1. Obtain Your UBCcard

Available at the UBC Bookstore, your UBCcard is your library card. Turn it over to locate your library barcode (29424…), which provides you with access to the library’s licensed digital resources from anywhere on or off campus.

If you don’t yet have your UBCcard, visit:

2. Contact Your Subject Librarian

Most disciplines have a dedicated subject librarian that possess vital subject expertise. As your personal link to the Library, your subject librarian can work with you to ensure that the Library supports your research and teaching priorities. They can provide personalized help with your research via one-on-one consultations. To find your subject specialist, visit:

3. Visit the Faculty and Instructors’ Page

For more detailed information about what UBC Library can do for you, explore the UBC Library Faculty and Instructor User Guide.

Supporting Your Research


The library supports research across many disciplines with more than 5.9 million volumes (including over 520,000 e-books), over 80,000 serial titles, 608,000 electronic resources, 1.6 million digital collection pages, 5.2 million microforms, and more than 833,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials (May 2010). To request an item not available at UBC Library, visit the Interlibrary Loan website at:

To suggest new material for purchase, visit:

Online Access

Electronic resources and collections, including e-journals and e-books, are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For off-campus access instructions, visit: Connect from home.

Current Awareness & Research Management

UBC Library offers a number of current awareness tools and technologies that help you manage and stay up-to-date with your research. To learn more about resources such as RefWorks, Table of Contents notifications and database alerts, ask your librarian, or visit:


cIRcle is the University of British Columbia’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations. To learn more, and to deposit your research into cIRcle, visit:

Supporting Your Teaching

Subject Librarians

Your subject librarian can provide customized research workshops and online guides for undergraduate and graduate level courses. They can work with you to create effective research assignments and online tutorials. To contact your subject librarian, visit:

Online Course Pages & WebCT Vista

The library can help integrate online course readings into your Blaclkboard/WebCT Vista module or develop customized course pages. To learn more, contact your subject librarian.

Course Reserve

To place materials such as books, articles, and videos on short-term loan for your course, visit:

Media Bookings

If you are interested in booking videos, films or DVDs for your own use or for a classroom presentation on a specific date, we can help. Book videos to be shown in your class online at:

Innovative Learning Spaces

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre offers collaborative and innovative learning, classroom and lecture space, as well as videoconferencing technology, for educational and community programming. For more information, visit: