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Xwi7xwa - Distance Research

This guide supports researchers working with Indigenous topics. It also supports faculty who are teaching remotely.

Getting Started

This guide is intended for UBC students, faculty, staff, and researchers who have been impacted by the recent changes in services due to global health concerns. Here you will find updates, information on getting your devices connected to UBC services, and tips and tricks for researching Indigenous topics remotely. 

Our staff are working from home and are available through email at to:

  • answer research questions
  • find online materials for papers & research topics
  • find alternative materials to items only available in print
  • cancel late fees from March 16 until the situation changes

Moving Online

As we progressively move to an online environment X̱wi7x̱wa is shifting away from print and physical materials. Many of the resources we highlight in this guide will be available online (journals, databases, etc.) 

When searching a databases:

Combine keywords about your topic AND keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • Native
  • Inuit

Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
    Example: "First Nations"
  • Use a question mark to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
    Example: Aborig? retrieves Aboriginal, Aboriginals, Aborigine, etc

If you are having issues with accessing online resources through the UBC library, please fill out this form to receive help gaining access! 


Please do not come to campus to return or renew library materials.

Common FAQs

Can I borrow physical items from the library?

Yes! The Library has launched an on-campus pick-up service to enable UBC Library users to access items in the collection that are not available in electronic formats.

Materials can be ordered by selecting the “Get it” option in the record of the item in the library catalogue. Requests will be processed within 7 business days, held for up to 2 weeks at Koerner Library, and made available for pick-up on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Library users will be notified that their items are available for pick-up by email. Scanned items are subject to the same processing time and will be emailed to the requestor.

How can I return my items?

Please return your materials to the Koerner Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre  or Education Library book drops. Materials can also be returned to the outside book drop at Robson Square and the inside book drop at the Biomedical Branch; processing at these off-campus sites may take up to two weeks. If you are unable to travel to campus, materials can be returned via Canada Post.

To return materials by mail, address to:
UBC Vancouver: Koerner Library, 1958 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2
UBC Okanagan: Okanagan Library, 3287 University Way, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7

Fragile or oversize materials that cannot be returned through a book drop should be returned to Koerner Library during the Materials Pick-Up Service hours, Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2.p.m.

Due to the requirement to quarantine returned materials for 72 hours, items will continue to show in your My Library Account past the date you returned them.  Library staff are backdating returns to reflect this period.

Should you have trouble renewing your loans or have any questions, please contact us via the Assistance Form.

How can I renew my materials?

Renew materials online through your MyAccounts page. Should you have trouble renewing your loans or have any questions, please contact UBC Library via the Assistance Form.

What about my due dates and fines?

Beginning September 14, loan regulations will be implemented. UBC Library is eliminating most daily overdue fines for all library users. Overdue fees will continue for high-demand items, including recalled items. Charges for items deemed lost, which applies to items not returned after more than 28 days, will also remain in effect. Please contact us via the Assistance Form with any questions.

Can I still make Interlibrary Loan requests?

Access to print InterLibrary Loans, including copying and scanning from print collections, is unavailable while the Library is closed. Employees will make every effort to fill requests for digital materials, however, it may take some time to follow up with your requests.

For updates with regards to UBC Library during the closure, please visit the Library Service Update.


Research Assistance Email                          or

Borrower Services Email

Head Librarian

Sarah Dupont

Access Services Coordinator

Tamis Cochrane

Information Services Librarian

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

Technical Services Assistant

Eleanore Wellwood