Community and Regional Planning


The community and regional planning collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the School of Community and Regional Planning as well as a number of other departments across campus. These include the Westwater Research Centre, the Sustainable Development Research Institute, the Centre for Human Settlements, the Transportation Centre, the Institute of Asian Research, and the Resource Management Science Program.

Current areas of collecting

The community and regional planning selector covers general geography, historical geography, and works on exploration.  Titles are added more selectively on the Arctic and Antarctic, geography as a discipline, and toponomy. Travel books are purchased selectively. Emphasis is on Canadian materials, especially B.C. and relevant North American, Pacific Rim and Great Britain publications.

Research and publishing characteristics

Materials on planning are interdisciplinary. Most of the relevant books are received on approval plan. It is difficult to keep abreast of non-mainstream publications; for example, working papers and government reports must be special ordered. Consultants reports are often confidential and not for general distribution.


Predominately English language. Selective in western European languages.

Geographic origin

North American, Pacific Rim (especially Thailand, China, Indonesia), developing countries and Great Britain. We are more selective in materials from Central and South America, Africa and continental Europe.


Textbooks. Dissertations, unless published as a monograph. Planning materials not relevant to the Canadian planning scene.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

David Lam Library: Transportation, real estate.

Koerner Library: Housing, land use, locational analysis, geography, economics, sociology, policy planning.

Law Library: Zoning, legal aspects of planning.

Woodward Library: Environmental studies.