UBCIC Library & Archives

The UBCIC Library is a specialized research library and archives focusing on BC land rights research. We serve all researchers who have a Band Council Resolution (BCR) to conduct research on behalf of a First Nation.  Researchers are always welcome, but please call ahead so reference staff and equipment times can be booked for you. Scholars, students, and other researchers may also use the Resource Centre with permission and after agreeing to abide by our Ethical Research Policy.  We are a non-lending library, except for UBCIC staff and by special agreement.


Library and Archives temporary closure 

The UBCIC offices, including the Library and Archives, will be moving to a new location at 312 Main Street, Vancouver, in November.  In order to prepare for this large-scale move, the Library and Archives will be closed from September 5 until we are installed in our new site – likely mid-January, 2018. An update will be posted once our reopening date is confirmed.

Resources temporarily unavailable 

The library catalogue and some of our online resources will be unavailable from August 28 to 30 as we complete some necessary upgrades.


An extensive collection of books and periodicals is available in the library.  In addition to print materials, the UBCIC Resource Centre also holds many records of the Department of Indian Affairs (RG10) on microfilm.  The UBCIC created a finding aid for these materials and they can also be searched through the National Archives of Canada website.  Please check our list of RG10 holdings to confirm we have the reels you need. 

A new legal research collection in honour of Louise Mandell and her contributions to Indigenous peoples and the law has been developed.  This collection includes both a physical collection housed in the Resource Centre which can be accessed through the library catalogue and a digital collection available through the UBCIC website.  This collection will continue to expand and evolve as new elements are added including an oral testimony project of video interviews.  Fundraising for this collection is ongoing and we do accept online donations.  The foyer of the Resource Centre has also been converted into a new gallery space and our first exhibit documents keys cases in Louise's career and her work with the UBCIC. 

In 2012, the UBCIC Resource Centre accepted a very large donation from retired environmental consultant John Jemmett.  His extensive collection of thousands of books, papers, and articles doubled the volume of print material in the library. This collection, which includes works across the entire spectrum of environmental studies and natural sciences, will be very useful to anyone involved with aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife management, energy development or environmental assessment, management and protection.  In 2013, a large volume of materials were received from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries that were closed.  We are in the process of making the DFO discards accessible and they are being integrated into our collections as they are catalogued and classified into our new classification scheme.

The archival records of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are also housed in the Resource Centre. These consist of the historical documents, publications, maps, posters, images, documentary films, and audio and video recordings created and received by the UBCIC since its inception in 1969. We are currently in the process of organizing these materials and creating finding aids to make them more accessible to researchers.  Some of these materials are available on the Internet in our digital collections.

Policies and Services

Please read our User Policy and Ethical Research Policy before making a research appointment.

Other forms and service information 

Fee Schedule: for reproduction services 
Permissions Application and Agreement: to apply for permission to use UBCIC documents, images, or recordings for publication or commercial use 
Institutional membership information and application form: for organizations interested in having access to our collections 


The Resource Centre is open by appointment only from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.  Other times can be accommodated on request.

The Resource Centre will be regularly closed on the following days:

  • During Chiefs Councils and Annual General Assemblies, as well as the day following these meetings
  • All British Columbia statutory holidays 
  • National Aboriginal Day

We may close with little notice. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


You can contact the Resource Centre by phone at 604.684.0231 or by email at library@ubcic.bc.ca