UBC Okanagan offers free library cards to public

This fall, UBC is extending a special offer to B.C. residents as part of UBC’s Centenary celebrations. From now to December 15, any person living in B.C. can obtain a free UBC Library community card and access books in person from any UBC Library location.

Staff at the UBC Okanagan Library are encouraging Okanagan residents to use this opportunity to check out what their local university library has to offer.

“Our library collection is scholarly, which sets us apart from the public library,” says Melody Burton, head of the UBC Okanagan Library. “It offers in-depth material aimed at supporting the teaching and research of our campus community. Our collection really is beneficial to community members who are pursuing individual research projects, or people who have had a life-long interest in a subject and want to explore and expand their knowledge of it.”

The UBC Okanagan Library contains more than 185,000 books covering a diverse range of subjects from health studies, politics and literature to sustainability, globalization, history, and more. It also features a number of journals, newspaper and magazine subscriptions that are available for people to enjoy while at the Library.

“It is a very comfortable place to browse, sit and read,” says Burton. “And there are a number of support services available to community card holders, including access to research help on their topic of interest.”

The free community card program is provided in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. To apply for a card visit the UBC Okanagan Library or visit www.library.ubc.ca/communitycard. One piece of government-issued photo ID and proof of current address must be provided.

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