Access Guide: Koerner Library

1958 Main Mall

The principal library for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Government Publications, Microforms, and Course Reserves.

604-822-6375 (information); 604-822-2725 (reference);


A helpful list of key services on each floor is available at
Floor 1 (as pdf - uses Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Floor 2 (as pdf - uses Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Floors 3, 4 & 5 (as pdf - uses Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Access Information



Koerner Library is very wheelchair-friendly. This is only a general overview of Koerner Library's features; contact UBC's Centre for Accessibility for more information on the University's entire suite of access services.

Designated parking is near the UBC Bookstore or the Main Library. Paid parking is available in the Fraser River and Rose Garden Parkades.

Building and Library entrance
There is a single entrance from the Main Mall or Crescent Road via the central courtyard (the lower paths along the side of building involve steps). The library doors open automatically with push-buttons.

There are two good-sized elevators with service to all floors.

Library catalogue and computers
Some Library public computers are available on lower desks - the majority are on level 3 towards the back of the Koerner Commons. There is another on floor 2 outside the sorting room.

Public telephones
Public telephones (including TDD) are on level 2.

There is standard width between the stacks, except for call numbers D-JC which are in manually-operated compact shelving. The stack width is adjustable. Patrons with mobility disabilities may request retrieval of materials through Document Delivery. Patrons with disabilities qualify for Enhanced Library Services.

Handicapped accessible washrooms are on levels 1 and 2. Public stalls on all floors are modified, although they are not labelled.

Drinking Fountains
Low drinking fountains are available.