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No matter your affiliations and access there are resources available to you, whether through UBC, eHLbc, professional associations, or open access repositories.

UBC Students, Faculty, & Staff

Library Card

  • Your UBC card is your library card. Obtain your card from the UBC Carding Office.
  • Use your Campus Wide Login (CWL) or library card barcode and PIN to login remotely to UBC Library's databases, journals, and ebooks, and get access to Document Delivery and InterLibrary Loan services.

Information and Instruction

  • Consultations are available by phone (604-822-4440), email (, and by videoconference or online.

Distance Students

  • Apply for access to Library resources
    • In person at the UBC Carding Office for your UBC student ID card, or
    • Online and your barcode/pin access numbers will be emailed to you
  • Distance Education Students are eligible to register for Distance Learning Library Services

UBC Clinical Faculty

  • Apply for library access
    • In person at the UBC Carding Office for your UBC faculty ID card or
    • Request, activate, or renew a Clinical Faculty library card online. You will need your UBC ID number to apply (if you have not received it, contact Clinical Faculty Affairs at 604-875-4111 ext. 68647 or email

UBC Appointed Hospital Staff

  • Eligible staff hold active appointments with and are paid by UBC
  • Obtain your card from the UBC Carding Office

UBC Affiliated Staff, Faculty, & Students

  • UBC Faculty may request that others borrow books and access resources in their name for their UBC academic use. UBC Faculty complete the Faculty Authorization Form and bring it along with one piece of government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s licence, passport) to one of the UBC Library locations listed on the form for processing

Non-UBC Appointed Hospital Staff

There are several ways for hospital staff to access research tools, including through UBC Library. Note, however, that access to UBC's e-resources require you to visit a UBC Branch Library.

Non-UBC staff at St. Paul's, BC Children's and Women's, VGH, and UBC Teaching Hospitals can apply for an Affiliated Hospital Staff Card, allowing them to borrow books and use Document Delivery and InterLibrary Loan services. Learn more here. Apply in person with one piece of government issued photo ID and your Hospital ID badge at the following locations:

  • UBC Hospital  - eligible staff may apply at Woodward Library.
  • St. Paul’s - eligible staff may apply at Woodward Library or Biomedical Branch Library
  • VGH - eligible staff may apply at the Biomedical Branch Library
  • BC Children’s and Women’s - eligible staff may apply at the BCCW Study and Learning Commons

Hospital Resources:

St Paul's

  • Study space available at St. Paul's, Providence Building Level 1 room 1555. Access UBC Wireless with your CWL or use a PHC workstation to access eHLBC.


  • Visit the UBC Biomedical Branch in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at 2775 Laurel Street, Floor 2 for full access to UBC Library's resources. 

BC Children’s and Women’s

Other Professionals

  • Faculty may authorize secretaries, research assistants or collaborators to access services. Complete this form and bring it to either Woodward Library, BMB or Koerner Library with ID.
  • Check if your association or institution is a member of eHLBC to access a variety of research databases. If you are at St. Paul's, VGH, or BC Children's and Women's, see 'Hospital Resources' in the previous section for access to study spaces and resources.
  • Check out open access resources.
  • Contact your professional association to learn more about library resources available to you.

UBC Library Branches

Electronic Health Library of BC (eHLbc)

The Electronic Health Library of BC (e-HLbc) is a consortium which provides access to selected online health knowledge resources (databases, indexes, abstracts and full-text journals). Click here to see if your institution or association is a member. Many organizations access eHLbc through their intranet.

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Library & Research Resources in BC

In addition to using the InterLibrary Loan Services of your closest public library, the following libraries have specialized collections in health and medicine. Some may require fees or professional affiliation to use their services.