Political Science


The political science collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Political Science Department as well as a number of other units across campus, including the Institute of International Relations.

Current areas of collecting

The political science selector covers the politics and government of North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, comparative politics, political philosophy and theory, public administration and public policy, political behaviour (especially election studies), international relations, international organization, political analysis, political sociology, political psychology, and ethnic studies. More selectively collected are material on strategic studies, peace and conflict studies, foreign policy analysis, and the politics and government of Africa. Special emphasis is on Canada and British Columbia, Pacific Rim and Asia, Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, international relations and political development, political philosophy, and ethnic studies.

Research and publishing characteristics

Pure discipline with medium volume and medium price range. Retrospective materials are less important than current monographs, journals, newspapers, government documents, data tapes, ephemera, original sources, and conference proceedings. Interdisciplinary work is prevalent.


Predominantly English and French for materials relating to Canada; good coverage for Russian, Polish, Czech, and Serbo-Croatian, selective coverage for other major European languages.

Geographic origin

World wide.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Asian Library: Vernacular materials from South Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Data Library: Computer-readable data files containing public opinion poll data, election surveys, social surveys, etc.

Government Publications Division: Depository for United Nations, Canadian and British Columbia government documents and for most U.S. government documents.

Law Library: International Law, the Constitution, Supreme Court of Canada, Human and Civil Rights, International agreements and treaties.

Special Collection: Materials relating to B.C.; papers and publications relating to the Doukhobors and the Japanese; Polish uncensored materials form the late 1970s to the early 1980s (i.e. prior to the imposition of martial law).