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Sequoia tree with Christmas lights in front of old Main Library

Holiday hours

Happy Holidays! Rare Books and Special Collections will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2.

[Two women and a man holding walking sticks on snow]. CC-PH-04319.

Snow Day

The RBSC reading room is closed Monday, December 19, due to inclement weather. Normal operations should resume on Tuesday, December 20.

A trench bridge (World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection, BC_1763_0955)

Remembrance Day speaker series online

If you weren’t able to join us for RBSC’s Remembrance Day speaker series, you’re in luck! Thanks to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the talks are now available to watch online.

Petrushka and Beyond

Petrushka and Beyond

Rare Books and Special Collections is delighted to host Petrushka and Beyond: An Exhibition of the H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection at UBC.

A trench bridge (World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection, BC_1763_0955)

Remembrance Day Speaker Series and Display

Please join us for a series of talks in honour of Remembrance Day, sponsored by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library.

Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna

Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna

Rare Books and Special Collections is delighted to host a new exhibition: Sui Sin Far and Onoto Watanna: Writing Hybridity on the Cusp of the 20th Century.

The “most beautiful of all printed books”

The “most beautiful of all printed books”

It’s been an exciting week here at RBSC! We’ve been celebrating the arrival of a new book to our collection: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, published by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press in 1896. The book, more colloquially known as the “Kelmscott Chaucer,” is one of only 438 copies printed and one of only 48 copies with […]

Harry’s here!

Harry’s here!

In honour of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Canadian première of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Rare Books and Special Collections was delighted to create a display highlighting some of the unique and remarkable copies of the first Harry Potter story from its children’s literature collection. This four-case display was at the Orpheum Theatre for […]

The glamorous life of the archivist.

A behind the scenes peek at the archival donation process

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library was excited to recently complete the processing for a new collection of archival materials. The Western Forest Products collection reflects the forestry operations and projects undertaken by Western Forest Products–a major harvesting and lumber manufacturing company operating in the coastal regions of British Columbia–and their predecessors. The […]

Words & Pictures

Words & Pictures

Rare Books and Special Collections is delighted to present a new exhibition: Words & Pictures: Book Illustration in Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards Join us for a special celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Governor General’s (GG) Literary Awards. In honour of this historic occasion, UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections is proud to […]