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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 our digital collections

UBC Library’s digital collection includes leading academic journals, monographs and many more items to explore.

You can access most items from the digital collection when you visit a branch. Here’s how:

  1. Ask library staff at the help desk for a guest OpenAthens log-in
  2. Show library staff one current piece of government-issued, photo ID and proof of a local address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration).
  3. Go to
  4. Scroll down and log into OpenAthens using your OpenAthens username/password
  5. You will be redirected to the UBC Library homepage and will remain logged in for the duration of your browser session
  6. Enjoy free on-site access to UBC Library’s e-books, academic articles, and much more!