Xwi7xwa Library


Xwi7xwa Library is housed in a replica pithouse or kekuli house, a traditional Interior Salish winter dwelling. Historically, storytelling occurred during the long winter months only, which allowed for complex teachings to be properly told and understood.

Xwi7xwa (pronounced whei-wha) Library began in the 1970s with the founding of the Indian Education Resource Centre. The collection later came under the care of the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP).  When the First Nations House of Learning opened the Longhouse in May of 1993, NITEP transferred the collection to Xwi7xwa Library.

Xwi7xwa Library, now a branch of the UBC Library, has collections consisting of approximately 12,000 items, including about 6,000 books, 450 videos, 5,000 vertical file materials, curriculum resources, journals and newspapers, maps, posters, theses and dissertations, the G.A. (Bud) Mintz special collection, and some archival materials.

The collections focus on First Nations in British Columbia, but also include contextual materials about Indigenous people in Canada as a whole.

In addition to special collections, the library has research librarians knowledgeable in Indigenous subject areas, and is an international leader in Indigenous classification research.

Reference librarians are available to help you access Xwi7xwa Library’s resources and anyone with a UBC Library card may borrow materials.

Unaffiliated with UBC? If so, UBC Library offers an Aboriginal Borrowing Card, available to any self-identified Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) person in Canada.

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