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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.

Connect with a Community Engagement Librarian

Allan Cho (he/him)

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

Allan’s work includes supporting ongoing community initiatives and leading new ones, focusing on community engagement with historically underrepresented groups, piloting IKBLC’s AskAway coordination, subject liaison librarian with the School of Information, and developing a new speaker series with the support of the Peña Family Foundation.

Donna Langille (she/her/they/them)

Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian
UBC Okanagan Library
250 807-9233

As Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, Donna works to improve access to scholarly research for community members. You can find her at the UBC Innovation Library where community members can access many of UBC’s electronic resources. Contact them by email to schedule an appointment.

Kayla Lar-Son (she/her/they/them)

Indigenous Programs and Services Librarian
X̱wi7x̱wa Library, UBC


Kayla is Metis from Treaty Six Territory and is the Indigenous programs and services librarian for the Xwi7xwa Library. Along with her colleagues at X̱wi7x̱wa, she works to provide Indigenous communities with culturally relative services and programs on the UBC campus and beyond. Kayla is also the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. You can contact her through email.

Aleha McCauley (she/her)

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

Aleha is involved in several community initiatives that strive to improve access to research for community members, organizations and businesses across BC. Aleha welcomes you to connect with her by email.

Nick Ubels (he/him/his)

Community Engagement Librarian
UBC Learning Exchange & Irving. K. Barber Learning Centre
604 827-0905

As an embedded community engagement librarian at the UBC Learning Exchange in the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Nick works with community members and non-profit organizations to improve access to scholarly research. Contact him by e-mail to set up a free one-to-one research consultations or get help using the DTES Research Access Portal.

Get a UBC Library borrower card

You are most welcome at UBC Library!

You do not need a library card to:

If you would like to borrow books and other Library items, you need to sign up for a library card. If you are not a UBC student, staff member, or faculty member, you may be eligible for a free or paid card. If you would only like to borrow a few items from UBC Library, it might be better to ask your local library about an interlibrary loan, which costs a small fee.

Which card can I sign up for?

I am... I am eligible for... Cost More information
An Indigenous person living in Canada Aboriginal Community Borrower Card Free Click here
An individual community member in Vancouver Community Borrower Card $40 for 4 months or $120 per year Click here
An individual senior (65+) in Vancouver Community Borrower Card $40 per year Click here
An individual community member in Kelowna Okanagan Community Borrower $50 per year Click here
A staff member at a business, non-profit organization, corporation, or government department Community Institutional Borrower Card

$250 per year for initial card
$25 per additional card within your organization

Click here
A UTown@UBC Community Services card holder Campus and Community Planning Community Borrower Card Free Click here
A resident of the University Neighbourhoods Association UNA Card Free Click here
A faculty member, staff member, or student visiting from another university in Canada or the U.S.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement*

*Some terms apply

Free Click here
Researchers collaborating with UBC Faculty members on a research project Faculty Authorization Library Card Free Click here
Staff at UBC Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Non-UBC appointed Hospital Staff card Free Click here
A UBC alumnus Alumni Access Card Free Click here