Library Cards for People Unaffiliated with UBC

Community Borrower

  • Not for business purposes
  • Non-transferable, for the cardholder’s personal use only
  • Fees:
12 months from date of issue $120
4 months from date of issue $40
Senior’s rate for those aged 65 or over $40 (per year)

Resources & Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to online resources, and collections use and study are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renewed if not requested by other borrowers
  • Certain materials cannot be borrowed including course reserve items, journals, reference books, and some videos subject to licensing restrictions
  • Interlibrary loans and Document Delivery requests are available as fee-based library services
  • The maximum number of items on loan at one time is 50 (limit of 5 for BC college students)
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans

Application Process

  • Apply at the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or Okanagan Library (250-807-9107)
  • Present one piece of government issued photo ID (BC Driver’s License or BCID preferred) and proof of a local address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Fees and restrictions apply
  • All fees are non-refundable

Aboriginal Community Borrower

  • Free to any Aboriginal person living in Canada (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
  • Not for business purposes
  • Non-transferable; for the cardholder’s personal use only

Resources and Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to online resources, and collections use and study are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online resources is NOT available. Access is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renewed if not requested by other borrowers
  • Certain materials cannot be borrowed including course reserve items, journals, reference books, and some videos subject to licensing restrictions
  • The maximum number of items on loan at one time is 50
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans
  • Interlibrary loans and Document Delivery requests are available for a fee

Application Process

  • Apply at the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or Okanagan Library (250-807-9107)
  • Present one piece of government issued photo ID (e.g. BC driver’s license, provincial ID, passport) and proof of permanent address in Canada (e.g. government ID with address, bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

Expiry Dates

  • Cards for residents of BC will expire after one year from the date of issue. Cards can be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or the Okanagan Library (250-807-9107). One piece of government issued, photo ID and proof of permanent Canadian address will be required to renew the card.
  • Cards for residents in Canada, who live outside of BC, will be valid for the period of time the individual requires access at the UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan Library, up to a maximum of one year

Institutional Borrower

  • Available to businesses, corporations, and government departments
  • Transferable among staff members of the business or corporation
  • Valid for one year from the date of issue
  • Fees:
Initial card $250
Each additional card $25

Resources & Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to online resources, and collections use and study are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renewed if not requested by other borrowers
  • Certain materials cannot be borrowed including course reserve items, journals, reference books, and some videos subject to licensing restrictions
  • Interlibrary loans and Document Delivery requests are available as fee-based library services
  • The maximum number of items on loan at one time is 50 (limit of 5 for BC college students)
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans

Application Process

  • Apply at the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or Okanagan Library (250-807-9107)
  • Present one piece of government issued photo ID (BC Driver’s License or BCID preferred) and proof of a local address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Fees and restrictions apply
  • All fees are non-refundable

Okanagan Community Borrower

  • Valid for borrowing at UBC Okanagan Library only
  • Apply at the UBC Okanagan Library circulation desk
  • Fees:
12 months from date of issue $50

Resources & Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to online resources, and collections use and study are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renewed if not requested by other borrowers
  • Certain materials cannot be borrowed including course reserve items, journals, reference books, and some videos subject to licensing restrictions
  • Interlibrary loans and Document Delivery requests are available as fee-based library services
  • The maximum number of items on loan at one time is 50 (limit of 5 for BC college students)
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans

Application Process

  • Apply at the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or Okanagan Library (250-807-9107)
  • Present one piece of government issued photo ID (BC Driver’s License or BCID preferred) and proof of a local address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Fees and restrictions apply
  • All fees are non-refundable

Campus and Community Planning (C+CP) Community Borrower

Residents of Acadia Park and University Apartments who are family members of UBC faculty, staff and students; Student Resident Life Managers; and UBC Childcare Services staff receive free library access upon validation of their C+CP Community Services Card at the circulation desk, Koerner Library.

Resources & Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to online resources, and collections use and study are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online resources is restricted by license agreements to current UBC students, faculty, and staff only. For restrictions on specific databases, check online resource access restrictions
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks and renewed if not requested by other borrowers
  • Certain materials cannot be borrowed including course reserve items, journals, reference books, and some videos subject to licensing restrictions
  • Interlibrary loans and Document Delivery requests are available as fee-based library services
  • The maximum number of items on loan at one time is 50 (limit of 5 for BC college students)
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans

Application Process

  • Apply at the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library (604-822-2406) or Okanagan Library (250-807-9107)
  • Present one piece of government issued photo ID (BC Driver’s License or BCID preferred) and proof of a local address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration)
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Fees and restrictions apply
  • All fees are non-refundable

Did You Know?

  • Faculty and students visiting from other universities in Canada may be entitled to free UBC Community Borrower Library cards through reciprocal borrowing arrangements
  • Lost or stolen Community Borrower cards can be reported to Koerner Library at 604-822-2406, Okanagan Library at 250-807-9107, or online