Electronic Resources


The UBC Library collections standard is increasingly shifting towards purchasing new resources in online format wherever possible. This has been the norm for our journal collections for some years and the transition is now spreading to our book collections as well.

Tight budgets have led the Library to review our resources ever more carefully. Duplication and overlap has been reduced wherever possible and hard decisions about cutting some resources are being faced. The biggest challenge is finding ongoing funds for materials that have price increases beyond the inflation rate every year. Equally difficult is finding funding to support new titles, programs and platforms upgrades.

The Library has been increasingly canceling print subscriptions for serials titles in favour of providing the online format only. In some cases, the advance to online has afforded us access to a deeper archive of online content than we hold in print.  

  • Contact your subject librarian for alternate resources if the journal you are interested in is no longer part of our subscriptions.
  • The Library provides access to many open access resources, that are available to anyone with or without a UBC Library card. Check our Indexes and Databases page for more information.