What is cIRcle?

[circle.ubc.ca/ cIRcle] is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere via the web.

UBC is committed to “developing a system for making UBC research accessible in digital repositories, especially open access repositories” and cIRcle is part of this strategy. The Senates of UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have both endorsed UBC’s Open Access Position Statement which encourages faculty to deposit their research in cIRcle. In addition, some funding agencies have open access policies.

If you wish to make your research openly accessible, cIRcle is an option to consider. You can always find us at our easy-to-remember URL: circle.ubc.ca

What can I find in cIRcle?

Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry.

How is cIRcle organized?

cIRcle content is organized around [circle.ubc.ca/community-list communities and collections]. Communities are UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. Each community oversees one or more of its own collections, which contain submitted items. Collections and communities, therefore, have their own distinct identity and content.

How is cIRcle connected to UBC Library?

cIRcle is a service of the UBC Library and is a key player supporting the 'Accelerate Research' strategic direction in the Library's Strategic Plan which in turn is based on UBC's core commitment to 'Research Excellence' as described in Place and Promise: the UBC Plan.

What software does cIRcle use?

cIRcle uses software called DSpace, an open-source system developed by MIT and Hewlett-Packard. Hundreds of institutions in countries around the world use DSpace. To learn more about cIRcle’s use of DSpace, see our [/submissions/user-guides/ user guides].

How can I add my work to cIRcle?

Visit our instructions to submit your content to learn more or contact cIRcle staff.


The system of scholarship and scholarly publishing is going through a process of change across the world. Notions of authorship and scholarly publishing are rapidly evolving in the digital age. Digital repositories (also known as information or institutional repositories) provide an opportunity to make scholarly content (including peer reviewed content) freely available online. Providing open access to an institution’s research output can make the dissemination of scholarly information more cost effective and easier, resulting in greater accountability for public tax dollars.


In April 2006, the UBC Library’s e-Library Committee proposed the creation of a digital repository to showcase UBC’s scholarly work online. A pilot project was launched in spring 2007 and two years later, cIRcle became a full service of the Library. Today, with over 40,000 items online (and growing) scholarly communication is beginning to come full circle at UBC.


cIRcle’s main goals are:

  • To showcase the intellectual output of UBC and its partners by making the research carried out at UBC freely accessible;
  • To support teaching, learning, and research activities on campus; and
  • To preserve materials in cIRcle for future generations.

Impact and Assessment

The first cIRcle Annual Impact & Activity Report 2013 describes the engagement of UBC researchers, students, and community partners with cIRcle in 2013, and illustrates the dissemination of their scholarly work.

International Ranking

cIRcle is currently ranked the number 1 repository in Canada and consistently ranks in the top 5 of Canadian repositories in "The Ranking Web of World Repositories" operated by the Cybermetrics Lab in Spain. In North America, cIRcle is ranked number 14. Internationally, cIRcle ranks 33 out of 2068 institutional repositories and number 44 out of all world repositories numbering 2154 as of January, 2015.