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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.

Get specialized community services & supports

Did you know that UBC Librarians have created unique research collections, in addition to personalized research support to diverse audiences? Here are just a few we would like to share.

  • Community Scholars Program: this program provides free access to over 20,000 academic journals to registered non-profit and charitable organizations in British Columbia. UBC Library, in partnership with several higher education institutions, also offers workshops, consultations and other services to BC community scholars who are registered in this program. Get in touch with Aleha McCauley to learn more today.

  • DTES Research Access Portal: the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal makes research items relevant to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) more accessible and easier to discover. It provides access to academic materials such as scholarly articles and theses, as well as community materials such as reports, historical newsletters and more accessible forms of scholarship such as infographics, podcasts, clear research summaries, and more. Get in touch with Nick Ubels to learn more.
  • Indigitization: Indigitization is a collaborative initiative between BC Indigenous groups and academic partners from UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management. This continuing program is committed to clarifying processes and identifying issues in the conservation, digitization, and management of Indigenous community Knowledges. The Indigitization Program provides resources through the Indigitization toolkit, enables community-led digitization projects through training workshops, identifies funding opportunities, and advocates for ongoing funding directly to Indigenous partners for sustained cultural heritage management.
  • Small Business Accelerator: The SBA provides free access to reliable resources to help you improve market research skills and develop a successful business venture. You can find dozens of detailed guides spanning 18 different industries, a step-by-step manual for business research, video modules, and more. Librarians and graduate students are also available for workshops and research consultations. Get in touch with Aleha McCauley to learn more today.