Hours This Week
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
When visiting, please be aware of UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules, including the mandatory wearing of non-medical masks in all indoor public areas.
During our construction and storage upgrade project, some collections will be inaccessible until early 2023.
Please contact us in advance of your visit to confirm that materials are accessible.
The Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives reading room will be temporarily closed from August 1 to November 30, 2022 for upgrades.
RBSC and UA will provide some reproduction services during this time. Please contact us for more information on supports available for remote research.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
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Irving K. Barber Learning Centre1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) at UBC Library, houses significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, artifacts, ephemera, and more. Search for them here.
UBC Library's Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses, and more. Explore RBSC holdings in Open Collections here.
RBSC has strengths in BC history and culture, Canadian history, Canadian literature, English literature, early children’s books, cartography, and much more. Find resources for exploring and learning about our collections here.
The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains more than 25,000 rare and unique items (documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and other artifacts).
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