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University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson is standing next to Brian Pollick and his wife Heather Lindstedt, who are holding an early Latin manuscript, the Codex Lindstedt.

University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson is standing next to Brian Pollick and his wife Heather Lindstedt, who are holding an early Latin manuscript, the Codex Lindstedt.

University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson speaking at the launch of the Fort Victoria Journal.

University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson speaking at the launch of the Fort Victoria Journal.

William C. Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library.

William C. Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library.

All of us at the University of Victoria Libraries are committed to the success of our students and faculty. 

The library’s foundational role in acquiring and preserving research resources is critical in the complex digital environment of 21st century scholarship. Our expert staff are increasingly working within disciplines, across disciplines and beyond traditional boundaries, as we navigate this exciting landscape with our students, faculty and researchers. 

We welcome the wider public into our physical spaces and actively seek partnerships with local and regional organizations to support and enhance the rich arts, culture and learning opportunities in our communities.

Welcome to UVic Libraries!

Strategic directions

Our strategic planning process identified trends that affected the university, the campus and the library, highlighting the importance of

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Library publications

These publications present library activites, accomplishments and facilities.





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Facts and figures

UVic Libraries employs approximately 144 staff, including 33 librarians. The library collections include:

  • 2.1 million volumes
  • 1.4 million microforms
  • 137,000 journal subscriptions

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Reports and surveys

UVic Libraries use a variety of assessment tools and data analyses to evaluate the quality and success of our learning programs.



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Libraries Coordination Team

The Libraries Cooredination Team (LCT) seeks to provide leadership, and facilitate communication and decision-making for UVic Libraries; and to act as an advisory group to the University Librarian.

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Organizational chart

The following diagram outlines the libraries' internal structure and relationships between library departments or units.


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Library history

Planning for the McPherson Library building began in 1960. Since then, the library has grown in physical and collection size, and continues to do so.

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Senate Committee on Libraries

The Senate Committee advises the University Librarian on matters relating to operations in the libraries.

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