Library, Archival and Information Studies


The library, archival and information studies collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Current areas of collecting

The library, archival and information studies selector covers the practice and theory of library, archival and information studies; reference and information services; development and management of library collections; technologies of information storage, retrieval and transfer; library management and administration; indexing and abstracting; cataloguing and classification; planning and design of libraries; publishing and the book trade; education for librarianship; history of librarianship; comparative librarianship; historical and analytical bibliography; children’s literature; social, cultural and economic aspects of the dissemination of information; electronic information services; collection, organization and management of archives and manuscripts, and other special formats and types of materials; records management. Information needs of UBC Library staff.

Research and publishing characteristics

Applied discipline with an emphasis on conference proceedings, journals, some basic textual monographs. Volume is medium and price ranges from medium (for monographs) to high (for materials overlapping with technology).


Predominantly English; selective coverage in German, French and other European languages, primarily for the historic aspects of library and archival studies.

Geographic origin

Primarily North America and the United Kingdom; selective from other parts of Europe and Australasia.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Art + Architecture + Planning: Art of illuminated manuscripts.

Education Library: Teacher librarianship and school libraries; children’s literature (Canadiana, picture books, non-fiction, literature in French from French Canada).

Law Library: Copyright law; law librarianship; elements of law for archivists.

Rare Books and Special Collections: Reference materials on rare books, archives, manuscripts and maps; source materials on history of publishing and fine printing for historical and analytical bibliography; children’s literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Woodard Library: Medical librarianship.