Collections

Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), at the University of British Columbia Library, houses significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, broadsides and pamphlets. RBSC supports primary research by scholars from UBC and around the world and our resources are used extensively by members of the general public in British Columbia.The principal focus of the collections is British Columbia: history, exploration, settlement, business, politics, ethnicity, and labour. These subjects are covered in considerable depth. Other collections cover Canadian history, Canadian literature, English literature, early children’s books, and books on the history of cartography.

 

Collection Policy

For a more complete version of the Rare Books and Special Collection’s collection policy see the UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections General Guidelines for Collecting and List of Major Collections Print and Archival, available in PDF format.