Library:Help for Alumni
Download the UBC Library Alumni Guide.
Visit the Library
Whether you are on campus for a day or just stopping by, the Library has much for you to explore. From the exceptional Chung Collection exhibition, to beautiful art in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, to guest access for computers and electronic resources, there is something for everyone. For tours of the Library, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UBC Library invites you to stay in touch and connect with us. Alumni who come to the campus may search the Library's catalogue, connect to online article indexes and electronic texts, consult books, journals and other materials, attend a training session, and obtain basic information and reference assistance, all free of charge. Use the Library's resources to pursue your own goals for learning or to develop new research skills.
- Remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only.
- NEW: Online database access for EBSCO Academic Search and Business Source Alumni Editions for all UBC alumni
UBC Library is the second largest research library in Canada and includes 15 branches and divisions, including the UBC Point Grey campus and off-campus locations at Vancouver General Hospital and the UBC Okanagan campus.
The Library's collections include more than 7.8 million items in print and electronic format, not including print and electronic journals and series subscriptions, microform, documents, maps, archived materials, media and other items.
UBC Library also has the largest biomedical collection in Western Canada and the largest collection of Asian language materials in the country. It is a depository library for publications of the governments of BC, Canada, Japan and the United Nations.
For more information, see About UBC Library
Where to obtain your ACard
Apply for your free Alumni A-Card from the UBC Alumni Association:
- in person at the Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard
- in person at the Brock Hall Welcome Centre (Room 1200)
- in person at the UBC Robson Square front desk
- in person at the UBC Okanagan Library service desk
Then, bring your A-Card to the Library Cards Desk at Walter C. Koerner Library, or to the Okanagan Library in Kelowna along with one piece of government issued photo ID. Your card will be activated, registering you as a Library borrower.
In addition to free Library privileges, the ACard entitles you to discounts on other campus services. For more information, contact the UBC Alumni Association.
Please note that these Library privileges are for Alumni Association members' personal use only, and may not be transferred to other family members or used for business purposes.
In UBC Libraries
UBC Library computers require users to log in. Community members and public users can obtain guest access IDs from the circulation desk at the branch they are visiting. Current government-issued photo IDs are required for guest access IDs.
While guest-access ID users, community borrowers and alumni can access most electronic resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc.) from UBC Library computers, there are some resources that are restricted to current students, faculty and staff. Some major ebook providers that have this restriction:
- Books 24x7
- EBL (eBook Library)
- CLE Online (Continuing Legal Education)
Note: While ebrary ebooks can be read by anyone on a library computer, some functionality (for example, saving to a Bookshelf) is restricted to current students, faculty and staff.
EResources & Access Documentation EZproxy & Voyager Patron Groups has a list of Patron Groups and their access permissions.
The UBC catalogue, research guides and many other open access resources are available to all from anywhere. Although remote access to most databases is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, staff and faculty.
Available to all:
- Open-Access Resources: provided by the Library, available to anyone on- and off-campus, regardless of whether they have a library card.
- Open Collections: created and maintained by the Library, with a range of digital resources that document a diverse range of people, places, activities and events, and serve as an important online resource for historians, genealogists and other researchers.
- cIRcle: UBC’s online repository, features some 56,000 articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, multimedia and audio-visual materials, and more.
- Webcasts Portal: of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, provides high-quality learning and research-based lectures on an open-access platform.
Available to Alumni:
- Online Journals Access: provided by Alumni UBC, via EBSCO's Academic Search Alumni Edition and Business Source Alumni Edition.
- RefWorks: licensed by UBC Library, a web-based citation management program available for alumni as well as current students, faculty and staff.
Reference assistance and Library workshops and training sessions are available free of charge. Alumni are welcome to attend many of the other library training sessions. Attendance at some subject-specific sessions may be limited to students and faculty.
Classes for groups of alumni can be arranged, for a fee. For further information contact the UBC Alumni Association.