Sara G

Name Sara G Dear Mr. Potter, I’m a children’s librarian in Surrey. I remember when book 2 came out – it was the first year our libraries decided to purchase en masse very large quantities of a single title – 100 copies! Every morning staff would check how many requests were on the books – […]

New exhibition: The Illustrated Alice

The Illustrated Alice: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland October 6 through October 31, 2015 “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without pictures or conversation?” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Join us for a sesquicentennial celebration of one of the most beloved books ever written. This year […]

Chelsea S.

Name Chelsea S. Dear Mr. Potter I remember going to pick up my pre-ordered copy of “Deathly Hallows” and smiling at all of the people I passed who also had the book under their arms as I walked home. I spent the day reading on a sunny porch until I had to leave to pick […]

“Dear Mr. Potter…with love from the Rain City”

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library, Harry Potter and the Rain City! The exhibition spans three UBC’s library branches and features books from the Harry Potter series that have been newly added to the RBSC collection, as well as stories and memorabilia from […]

New exhibition: Harry Potter and the Rain City

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library, Harry Potter and the Rain City! Vancouver enjoys a number of profound and surprising connections to the beloved Harry Potter book series. Kidsbooks in Vancouver was the first Canadian bookstore to carry Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s […]

Silent Book Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is proud to host a new exhibition, The Right of Every Child to Become a Reader, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY […]

Book Blogs: Flatland

A multifaceted, multidimensional, multimedia book blog for you today. This is the ninth in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item […]

Book Blogs: Lady Mary’s Turkish Embassy Letters

We have a real book blog treat for you this Monday morning. A well-researched, stylish blog about the incomparable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (also know as “Lady President”) and her Turkish Embassy Letters. This is the eight in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s […]

RBSC has what?!

When I introduce folks to our collections here at RBSC, I love to pull out some materials that might be considered more obscure or outside of our usual collecting area, just to hear people say, “I can’t believe we have that right here at UBC!” Possibly the objects that get the biggest reaction are our […]