Beginning in fall 2007 UBC graduate students have been able to submit their theses on-line. This not only simplifies the submission process but also ensures that their collective research is made available in a timely manner to as wide an audience as possible. Prior to this development the Library provided public access to paper or microfom copies of UBC theses either through physical circulation to the University community or via inter-library loan for people outside of the institution.
Since the 1920s graduate students at UBC have generated approximately 33,500 theses totaling just under 5 million pages. Unfortunately these works have not typically enjoyed the exposure that would allow them to contribute to on-going and new research that is being undertaken. A pilot project undertaken in partnership with Young Canada Works in the summer of 2008 resulted in the digitization and provision of on-line access to approximately 1,000 theses from 1993. Since that time the UBC Library has worked on a project to digitize theses produced between 1919 and 2007. Currently there are approximately 31,600 titles available in cIRcle with more being added everyday.
N.B. As per the wishes of the department, no scanned copies of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) are included in this repository.