Library:Library Resources

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UBC Card

To access many of the Library's services you will need to obtain your UBC Card. This is also your Library card, and you can apply for it online or in-person at the Carding Office in the UBC Bookstore.

  • If you live locally, your UBC Card must be picked up in person at the Carding Office - even if you applied for it online.
  • If you cannot pick your UBC Card up in person due to your geographic location, then your barcode and pin number will be emailed to you. Click the Distance Education link at: to access the online request form.

Apply for your barcode at the beginning of term - before you actually need it. The carding office processes barcode requests at the start of each business day.

  • Requests received afternoons, evenings and weekends cannot be processed until the next business day.
  • If your barcode is not emailed within two business days check your spam folder to ensure that your message has not been sent there in error.

Connect to Library Resources

As a UBC student, you have full access to the wide range of print and electronic collections through the Library from off-campus, as well as in person. To get instant access to online Journals, Indexes & Databases, and other Library licensed resources from off-campus locations, see Connect to Library Resources.


Searching for Articles

  • If you are using Google Scholar be sure to access it from the "Indexes and Databases" link on the Library Homepage ( If you go directly to Google Scholar from the web you may not be able to access the full text of the articles you find there.

Research Help

  • The Education Library website has links to our research guides and recommended article databases, as well as specific information for graduate students.
  • Click the "Ask an Expert" tab on the homepage to find out how to: chat online with a librarian; check out the library's opening hours; call or email the reference desk at any branch library; or contact a subject librarian.
  • How to Cite is the Library's guide to the most common citation styles, including APA. The guide also includes some information about citation management tools like RefWorks and Zotero