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University of British Columbia: Xwi7xwa Library

University of British Columbia

General Information

Facility: University of British Columbia Xwi7xwa Library
Address: 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2
Phone: (604) 822-8738
FAX: (604) 822-8944
Email: N/A
Reference hours:  11:00am-3:00pm weekdays

About the Library:

Beginning as the Indian Education Resource Centre in the 1970s, the library became officially known as the Xwi7xwa Library in 1993, when the Native Indian Teacher Education Program collection was transferred to its newly built location, alongside the new Longhouse, by the First Nations House of Learning.

The Xwi7xwa (pronounced: whei-wha) Library was incorporated into the University of British Columbia Library System in 2005 after a unanimous recommendation by the Senate Library Committee to the president of UBC, who immediately accepted the proposal. As of January 2014, the Xwi7xwa Library is that only Aboriginal branch of a university library in Canada.

Summary of Collections

Collection size: As of January 2014 this important special collection contained nearly 11,500 items, none in Japanese. The Xwi7xwa Library is focused on providing information about the First Nations and other indigenous peoples, both of Canada and internationally. The majority of its collection is in English, with a supplemental collection in the native languages of the indigenous peoples.


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