Connect to Library Resources

Using Electronic Resources

The UBC Library licenses resources for academic, non-commercial, research purposes. Most resources allow for the downloading, printing or saving of a copy of the material.

Use of automated software to extract items or portions of items is generally not permitted. Please read more information on Licensing.

Quantities are generally restricted to what a person can reasonable read or download manually. For question/requests related to a greater volume of use, such as Text & Data Mining or systematic reviews, please contact

Excessive downloading or other "suspicious" activities will lead to Providers blocking access.

Accessing Electronic Resources on Campus

Current UBC students, faculty, staff and Alumni can access licensed electronic resources - including ebooks, ejournals, streaming videos, Indexes & Databases and other online resources - using Library computers or other UBC computers. Personal devices can connect via UBCSecure on campus. Access to UBCSecure requires a valid Campus-Wide Login (CWL).

Walk-in users (Community Borrowers and members of the public) have access to almost all online resources via Library and UBC computers only.

The Library also maintains a list of unrestricted databases available to anyone, anywhere.

Note: At certain UBC affiliated clinics and other sites, UBCSecure was retired. Current UBC students, faculty, staff and Alumni can access licensed electronic resources via eduroam from select locations.

Accessing Electronic Resources off Campus (via EZproxy)

Current students, faculty and staff can get authenticated access to licensed electronic resources, anywhere in the world via an authorized CWL.

Current Faculty Authorized researchers, Affiliated College Faculty and Affiliated College Staff can also get access, but will need an authorized Barcode & PIN.

Alumni with an Alumni Card (A-Card) can get remote access via an authorized CWL to select resources licensed for Alumni.

All off-campus Users will be authenticated via EZproxy. Do not use myVPN.

Starting from the UBC Library homepage, there are two ways to get started with EZproxy:

1) On the Library Homepage, use the "LOGIN" drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the grey bar

2) From the Library Homepage, start searching. The first link-out to a licensed resource will automatically pause to request authentication via EZproxy.

For more information on using EZproxy, please see:

Need Help?

Contact the IT Service Centre Help Desk Phone: 604-822-2008 email: Help Desk Contact Form Hours and location:

Invalid PIN’s can be reset: