The generosity of our donors enables UBC Library to thrive. Their exceptional gifts attract specialized librarians through endowed positions, and allow the Library to acquire and preserve rare materials. Your support also helps us to showcase remarkable regional historical material such as the Chung Collection.
“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.” - Charles Dudley Warner
UBC Library has several gift opportunities. Browse by Area of Need, or Area of Interest.
UBC Library Collections Enrichment
UBC Library assembles the best resources possible for scholars, students, faculty and the community. Acquisition librarians solicit, discover, recover and assess rare materials from around the world that benefit UBC Library’s collections and uphold UBC’s reputation as one of the world’s best universities.
This fund is used to enrich UBC Library’s collection by providing start-up funding for expensive subscriptions. It can also help meet requests from faculty, particularly new faculty, for specialized items. The fund also serves as a support for acquisitions if the Canadian dollar experiences a significant drop in value. It can be used to purchase books, journals, digital resources or other materials. Individual gifts can be earmarked towards particular acquisitions.
UBC Library Technology Endowment
Technology is key to providing access to information resources for research, learning and teaching.
This fund supports the purchase of equipment, software and services that provide UBC Library with the infrastructure to meet the learning and teaching needs of the 21st century. Examples include the acquisition of software for downloading e-books onto handheld devices, the purchase of digitization equipment and the expansion of online academic databases.
Parent’s Innovation Fund for Spaces
For information on this opportunity, please contact us.
For a listing of all UBC Library Endowments and Funds visit Funding Opportunities.
Access and Preservation
A library is a treasury of collective memory and a storehouse for our heritage and history. In a world where information is “born digital” and ever-changing, innovative and attentive preservation is key to protecting our history for future generations. UBC Library preservationists mend the torn pages of 15th-century Spanish chant manuscripts, bind the cracked, brittle covers of Victorian novels, and upgrade outdated videotapes and microfiche to contemporary formats. These endeavours ensure continued access and enjoyment of our growing physical and digital collections.
Media and Technology Initiatives
UBC Library is pioneering initiatives in digitization, online reference tools and provisions for teacher support, as well as seeking relevant e-journals and e-books. UBC Library is expanding media and technology services to meet and exceed the standards of global information services expected of a top-tier research library.
If you are interested in Media and Technology, consider a gift to the Learning @ the Library Fund.
UBC Library is home to discovery, possibility and learning. Each library branch aims to inspire students, faculty and staff. To satisfy the needs of our users, an ambitious commitment is needed to improve our user spaces by renovating certain branches, reaching to the greater community, and enhancing and expanding our services.
If you are interested in renovation and transforming spaces, please contact us.
Friends of the Library
Whether reading by lamplight in the elegant Chapman Learning Commons at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or browsing shelves of rare books in the Asian Library, each branch of UBC Library offers a special atmosphere. If you prefer your gift to be directed to a particular area of study, please consider Friends of the Library.
Thank you for considering a contribution to the University of British Columbia Library. Please browse our Funding Opportunities for a listing of all UBC Library Endowments and Funds.