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Community Access

Are you unaffiliated with UBC? There are many resources, services, events, and spaces you can access through the Library! Read this guide to learn more.

Access Free Academic Research

Did you know that in 2019/20 UBC Library spent $18 645 618 on its extensive research collections? Any community member can visit us in person to access a good portion of it. Any of the librarians mentioned on this guide can help you navigate what you are looking for!

Here are a few ways you can get started on your own:

However, for many of our resources you would need to visit us in person to access our licensed collections. Jump ahead to the ‘Visiting our Branches’ section for more details on what we will need to help you. UBC Alumni can also access several materials in UBC Library’s licensed collections. Learn more in this UBC Alumni Resources guide.

Find free resources at UBC Library and beyond

UBC Library has many different resources that are freely available to anyone from anywhere! Check out this video about open access at UBC. Here are a few different ways that you can get started.

Tips you can try from home: Unpaywall is a database of open access versions of articles and you can also get a downloadable extension. The Open Access Button is a website and browser extension where you can search for free academic research papers.

Free databases and journals

Find open data

  • Interested in open data? Explore the Scholars Portal Dataverse to find data sets produced by UBC researchers. You can also visit the Abacus data network. Many data sets, such as those from Statistic Canada, are open access, though some are limited to UBC staff, faculty, and students. Learn more about data and statistics with this handy research guide.