Access Guide: Xwi7xwa Library

"Eastern Door" (adjacent) to the First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall

Xwi7xwa collects Indigenous scholarship with a focus on British Columbia, and Indigenous critical scholarship, in addition to contextual materials on national and international Indigenous issues. Material includes those by Indigenous academic and community scholars, and those engaging with Indigenous perspectives, as well as produced by First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, tribal councils, and band schools, Indigenous publishers and film producers et al in print and digital formats. The Xwi7xwa librarians create Indigenous research guides to assist learners in developing search strategies.

604-822-8738 (information); 604-822-8944 (fax)


Access Information

Wheelchair access to the First Nations House of Learning Longhouse and Xwi7xwa Library is via the western door of the Longhouse at 1985 Lower Mall. There is also ramp approach to the Longhouse at the south end of the Xwi7xwa Library from 1985 West Mall. Both lead to the entrance to Xwi7xwa Library at the foot of the West Mall stairway.

The Fraser River Parkade has 2 spaces designated for handicapped parking (Level 2). Paid parking is available in the Parkades.

Building and Library entrance
The library entrance is through a door with an accessible access button for automated opening at the foot of the West Mall stairway.

Library catalogue and computers
The terminals are at table-height.

A regular photocopier/scanner and a desktop scanner are available in the library.

Public telephones
No public phones are available. Ask staff for assistance if necessary.

The width between stacks is spacious, but the top shelves are high. Staff are always available to assist.

There are two gendered washrooms, with one accessible stall per washroom, and one gender-neutral washroom with baby change table, all through heavy doors.