Xwi7xwa Library was built with the strong community and campus support for the First Nations House of Learning at UBC and for Indigenous education programs. Everyone is welcome to visit Xwi7xwa, ask for research help and use the collection here. See our website for information about borrowing from the collection, (including UBC Library’s Aboriginal borrowers’ card), our hours and location; more information about our history, collections and services; and for other ways to contact us.
Xwi7xwa Library was built in 1993, as part of the Longhouse at UBC. Khot-La-Cha, Chief Simon Baker, named the Library Xwi7xwa which means “echo” in his Squamish language. Xwi7xwa is one of several branches of the UBC Library, and the only Indigenous branch of an academic library in Canada.
Xwi7xwa Library is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We thank Musqueam for welcoming us and for sharing their teachings and scholarship. We strive to respectfully represent Indigenous voice and scholarship. We seek to work closely with the Indigenous programs on campus at UBC, and welcome visitors from Indigenous communities.
We help people search for library, archival and other types of information. We teach library and archival research skills. We care for our collections differently from other university libraries. We developed a unique Aboriginal classification system that shows people different themes when they browse the collection. We are developing subject headings which provide additional words and ideas for searching the collection online. There is more information about these systems on the “Indigenous Knowledge Organization” section of our website.