The sociology collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Sociology Department as well as a number of other departments across campus, including Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Family Studies.

Current areas of collecting

The sociology selector covers sociological theory, research methods, community studies and demography, deviance and social control, social change and development, social inequality and stratification, social interaction; sociology of knowledge, work and industry, natural resources, religion, arts, education, crime and justice, mental illness, health and illness; Canadian society, political sociology, socialism and communism; all areas of women’s studies: history of women, changing roles of women in all societies, the emergence and effect of women’s movements, gender and women’s studies; social services as social organizations and in relation to social issues, problems, policies and programs in the social environment.

Highest emphasis is on all subjects relating to Canada, B.C. and Quebec; also emphasized are Japan, Indonesia and other Pacific Rim countries; communism and socialism; cross-cultural material relating to immigrants, especially in Canada and the U.S.

Research and publishing characteristics

Both pure and applied aspects. Both require all types of publication, including conference proceedings, journals, monographs, retrospective materials, ephemera, data files, statistical sources, film, video, creative writing, and some popular materials. Volume and price are both in the medium range.


Predominantly in the English language and in French for materials relating to French Canada; selectively in other major European languages.

Geographic origin

North and South America, Europe, Australasia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Koerner Library: Demographic maps and atlases and census maps.

Law Library: Legal aspects of sociological subjects.

Life Sciences Libraries: Nursing (care of the elderly and community health).

Rare Books and Special Collections: Small collection of erotica; popular works of sociological local interest (e.g. Doukhobor cookbook).