Get to Know RBSC!

Have you ever been curious about what we do or what we have at RBSC? Join our weekly tour of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of British Columbia Library for an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections. Tours are free and open to the general public, as well […]

Get to Know RBSC!

Join our weekly drop-in tour, every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Congratulations, Jessica!

Congratulations to the winner of our Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibition scavenger hunt prize drawing: Jessica Zheng! Jessica was one of about 30 visitors to the the Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibition to complete a scavenger hunt for information provided in the exhibition labels. Completed scavenger hunt forms were added to […]

ASTU 100 field trip to RBSC: Part One

We were happy to host several sections of the Co-ordinated Arts Program’s ASTU 100 class at RBSC this past term. ASTU 100 introduces students to the academic community and how its practices of scholarly reading, writing, and research produce knowledge. Instructors work closely with UBC librarians to offer CAP students specially designed workshops that introduce […]

Farewell, Harry!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see our exhibition, Harry Potter and the Rain City, over the course of the fall. The exhibition came down at the beginning of this week, but the love for the Wizarding World continues (as evidenced by the release today of the Fantastic Beasts and Where […]

Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven celebrates UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden

As part of the Nitobe Memorial Garden Concepts and Prospects symposium, the research curators of the Collective for the Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts (CAUSA) present, Nitobe Memorial Garden: Vast Ocean, Vast Heaven, a multi-site exhibition at UBC from December 3, 2015 to January 31, 2016. Locations include: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre […]

Have your cake and read it, too

The creativity and sense of humour of our students at UBC never cease to amaze me! Yesterday we were happy to host a small group from Professor Melissa Funke’s Classical Studies course, Women in the Roman World of Republican and Imperial Times, to look at our Roman-age Egypt papyri. During their visit, I got to […]

Remembrance Day: Remembering Hugh McLennan (1887-1915)

In honour of Remembrance Day, we here at RBSC wanted to share a few letters that a young man named Hugh McLennan wrote to friends and family during the First World War, as well as a final letter, written by his cousin Durie McLennan, giving an account of Hugh’s last days. Hugh McLennan was born […]

Happy Harry-ween!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for UBC Library’s Harry Potter-themed Halloween Party! The party kicked off with sweet and salty snacks, hot drinks, and a get-to-know-your-classmates scavenger hunt game. Prizes, including an Alivan’s wand and a gift certificate donated by Just Imagine Fun Clothing, Costumes, and Dance Gear, were awarded for […]

Harry Potter LibGuide

In honour of UBC Library’s Harry Potter related exhibition and events this fall, Irena Trebic, Reference Librarian David Lam Management Research Library, has created a wonderful LibGuide for the Harry Potter series. The guide explores the connections between themes in the books and the collection at the David Lam Library (books, articles, and theses). The guide […]