Library Cards and Borrowing
Faculty and staff who hold active appointments with and are paid by UBC, have full access to UBC Library's print and electronic collections. This is true even if you work at a distance from UBC and cannot come to campus to pick up your research materials in person. In this case, you are eligible for home delivery by means of our InterLibrary Loans Department.
To ensure the availability of videos, films or DVDs that you would like to use for classroom presentation on a specific date you will need to make a booking 2 - 3 weeks in advance.
InterLibrary Loans and Document Delivery
You can borrow materials from other institutions if UBC Library does not own or license them by filling out this online form.
Visiting another Institution
You may be able to borrow materials from other institutions that you plan to visit. UBC Library is covered by the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA). This agreement provides UBC students, faculty and staff with free borrowing privileges at participating libraries across Canada and at some institutions in the U.S.
UBC Library's course reserves and readings system is online and available by logging into Connect.
Navigate to the Connect login screen at http://connect.ubc.ca and sign in with your CWL - all your courses for the next 6 months should appear automatically. Once logged in you will be able to manage a number of previously disparate activities including:
If you add your online course readings to the course reserves system in your students will have a single place to go to find links to all their online readings as well as information about print materials on reserve at the Library.
Brief instructions on using the new system are available below and complete, step-by-step instructions with screenshots are available at http://services.library.ubc.ca/borrowing-services/course-reserves/ by clicking the "How to use course reserves in Connect" tab.
Requesting Print Books
At the request of a faculty member, the Library will place required course readings (print books) on short term loans to ensure that students have access to limited materials. Please be advised that it can take up to 14 days for items which the library holds to be placed on short term loan. Also, books not currently held in our collection may take 2 to 3 months to be ordered and processed.
Books may be placed on 2-hour, 1-day, or 3-day loan, as determined by the faculty member making the request. If more than one faculty member requests the same document or book, particularly if there are a limited number of copies, the loan period may be shortened.
To place items (any format) on reserve in Connect
Copyright & You
If you wish to scan or photocopy a substantial part of a copyrighted work, you may only do so if you have permission from the copyright holder or if your copying falls within one of the exceptions set out in the Copyright Act. The University has prepared Copyright Guidelines, Fair Dealing Requirements, and a number of FAQs that outline the exceptions available to you and how they should be applied in particular situations. If you have questions about the information in these resources, please refer to the Copyright Contacts page or send your query directly to email@example.com.
Materials on the Web
Resources such as webpages, online documents, digital images, sound & video clips, software, computer files etc are also protected by copyright, so if you want to use them, you have to either fall within one of the Copyright Act’s exceptions or have permission from the copyright owner. For more information about using internet materials for educational purposes, please see UBC's Digital Classroom FAQ 3.8 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Electronic Materials licensed by UBC Library
The Library licenses many electronic resources from publishers, such as ebooks, ejournals, image databases and streaming media. The license (or contract) determines how that material may be used. If the terms of a licence prohibit uses that would otherwise be permitted by an exception in the Copyright Act, then the terms of the licence apply.
Each license for each resource has a different set of permitted uses. Before sharing one of these resources with your students you will need to ensure that you are permitted to do so in the manner you intend. For example, one journal may permit you to upload an article, book chapter, image, map, media clip etc. into your online course or professional webpage while another may require that you provide your students with a link to the item instead. When in doubt, provide students with a link. See below for information on how to provide students with stable/permanent links to licensed materials.
License Information Database
To avoid violating the University's license agreements, please check the permitted uses for the Library's License Information Database to see the permitted uses granted by each of the Library's content providers, i.e, the publisher or database host that provides the item(s) you wish to share.
Creating Permanent Links to Articles
Most license agreements permit you to provide a Persistent Link (also known as PURLS, Permalinks, Static Links, and/or Stable URLs) that will take your students to the licensed version of the article. You can use the Library's Course Reserve Software via Connect to create persistent links to required readings or you can find and EZproxy them yourself.
Plagiarism and TurnItIn
"Evidence from UBC and elsewhere suggests that plagiarism is increasing -- complaints from students and professors about the problem are rising. The Internet has made plagiarising easier. For example, there are many places from which to copy or purchase material, and simply cutting and pasting text from Internet sources directly into papers is relatively easy" (Academic Integrity. UBC Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic).
UBC has clear policies related to issues of academic misconduct and academic freedom. You will find statements and policies relating to plagiarism on the website for the UBC Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic.
Research & Teaching Support
Subject Librarians serve as the primary liaison between the Library and the academic departments on campus. They provide skilled reference assistance, manage the library's collections and provide instructional support to faculty. Subject librarians are also available to work with you to assist in course planning.
Your liaison can also assist you by:
Refworks is an online citation management database. It allows you to store, organize and share citations with others. Refworks also formats citations in a wide variety of citation styles; creates a bibliography in seconds; and has a very handy footnote add-on called Write-N-Cite. For more information, to create an account and/or to log into UBC's Refworks account see the Library Guide to Refworks
The Library and the Chapman Learning Commons offer a variety of workshops on library and research-related topics throughout the year. For example, workshops on using Refworks are frequently offered. Other workshop topics of interest to faculty have included:
You can consult the complete list of Library and Learning Commons workshops here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/.
cIRcle is UBC's institutional repository "for published and unpublished materials created by the University of British Columbia." The repository provides you with a means to increase exposure to your work - while retaining your moral authority over it - and to ensure that it will be preserved in perpetuity.
Your liaison librarian can:
The Library also offers general support and services for students:
- My Library Account
- How to Get a Library Card
- Borrowing from non-UBC Libraries - InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
- Borrowing between UBC Campuses (DocDel)
- Loan Policies (Regulations)
- Reciprocal Borrowing
- Media Booking
- Access the ASRS
- Course Reserves
- Group & Silent Study Space
Disability Access By Building
- Access Guide: Asian Library
- Access Guide: Crane Library
- Access Guide: David Lam Library
- Access Guide: Education Library
- Access Guide: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- Access Guide: Koerner Library
- Access Guide: Law Library
- Access Guide: Music Library
- Access Guide: Woodward Library
- Access Guide: X̱wi7x̱wa Library
- Okanagan Disability Resource Centre
- Guided Library Tours
- Workshop & Presentation Room
- IKBLC Graduate Research Room Application Form
- Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Library Instructional Lab
Computers & Technology
- Photocopying & Printing
- Public Computers & Labs
- How to Print at UBC Library
- Technology Borrowing
- Internet Access
- Walk-In Technology Support
- Off-Campus Access
- User Guides