The psychology collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Psychology Department as well as a number of other departments across campus.

Current areas of collecting

The psychology selector covers experimental, clinical, individual, interpersonal, developmental and child/adolescent psychology; behavioural, applied, motivational and social psychology; cults, human emotions and personality, aging, sex differences, cognition, learning, memory, psycholinguistics; perceptual, environmental and community psychology; tests and measurement statistics and psychometrics, therapies, forensic psychology, the history of psychology, ethics and methodologies of research.

Research and publishing characteristics

The discipline of psychology has both pure and applied aspects. Pure aspects of the discipline have medium volume and a price range of medium to high with an emphasis on conference proceedings, monographs from Western Europe, and especially journals. The applied aspects of psychology require some basic textual materials, monographs and ephemera, as well as journals. Volume is medium and the average price is medium. Overlap with physiology and neuroscience is increasing. There is heavy use of on line indexes, with emphasis on quick access to information on current research.


Predominantly in the English language; selectively in other European languages (primarily for the history of psychology and for critical editions of collected works of major psychologists).

Geographic origin

Primarily North America and Europe.


Popular works on occult sciences and tests are virtually non-existent. Professional issues, phenomenological and existential psychology are at basic information level. Phrenology, graphology, palmistry and parapsychology are at minimal level.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Asian Library: Basic collections on pre-1800 classical texts on Hindu Astrology in Sanskrit and Hindi; Chinese Astrology and Divination in Chinese, Palmistry in Indic Languages.

Health Sciences Network: Physiological psychology, biopsychology and animal behaviour.