Library Cards for People Unaffiliated with UBC

Community Borrower

  • For personal use only.
  • Library cards are non-transferable.
  • 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 most library e-Resources using library branch computers, collections use and study spaces are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge.
  • Remote access to most library e-Resources is restricted by licensing agreements to current UBC students, staff and Faculty. For more information and restrictions on specific databases, consult the online resource access restrictions for Community Borrowers.
  • Most books may be borrowed for 2-weeks and are renewable if not requested by another borrower.
  • 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 items on loan at one time for patrons who receive their Community Borrower card through the CPSLD Reciprocal Borrowing agreement).
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans.

Application Process

  • Apply at the Koerner Library Circulation Desk or Okanagan Library.
  • Present one piece of government-issued, photo ID 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 most library e-Resources using library branch computers, collections use and study spaces are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge.
  • Remote access to most online library e-Resources is restricted by licensing agreements to current UBC students, staff and Faculty. For more information and restrictions on specific databases, consult the online resource access restrictions for Community Borrowers.
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2-weeks and are renewable if not requested by another borrower.
  • 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.
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans.

Application Process

  • Apply at the Koerner Library Circulation Desk or Okanagan Library.
  • Present one piece of government-issued, photo ID 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 Koerner Library or the Okanagan Library. 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.

Community 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 most library e-Resources using library branch computers, collections use and study spaces are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge
  • Remote access to most online e-Resources is restricted by licensing agreements to current UBC students, staff and Faculty. For more information and restrictions on specific databases, consult the online resource access restrictions for Community Borrowers.
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2-weeks and are renewable if not requested by another borrower.
  • 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.
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans.

Application Process

  • Apply at the Koerner Library Circulation Desk or Okanagan Library.
  • Present one piece of government-issued, photo ID and proof of 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 most library e-Resources using library branch computers, collections use and study spaces are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge.
  • Remote access to most online library e-Resources is restricted by licensing agreements to current UBC students, staff and Faculty. For more information and restrictions on specific databases, consult the online resource access restrictions for Community Borrowers.
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2-weeks and are renewable if not requested by another borrower.
  • 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.
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans.

Application Process

  • Apply at the Okanagan Library.
  • Present one piece of government-issued, photo ID 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, UBC Residence Life Managers and UBC Child Care Staff who receive the UTown@UBC Community Services Card can activate their card for Community Borrower library privileges at Koerner Library.

Resources & Services

  • Basic reference assistance, access to most library e-Resources using library branch computers, collections use and study spaces are available to everyone in the libraries free of charge.
  • Remote access to most library e-Resources is restricted by licensing agreements to current UBC students, staff and Faculty. For more information and restrictions on specific databases, check the online resource access restrictions for Community Borrowers.
  • Most books can be borrowed for 2-weeks and are renewable if not requested by another borrower.
  • 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.
  • Fines are charged on all overdue loans.

Application Process

  • Apply at the Koerner Library Circulation Desk or Okanagan Library.
  • Present one piece of government-issued, photo ID 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 eligible for UBC Community Borrower library privileges through reciprocal borrowing arrangements.
  • Lost or stolen Community Borrower cards may be reported to Koerner Library at 604-822-2406, Okanagan Library at 250-807-9107, or online.