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 […]

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 […]

How It’s Made: Medieval Manuscripts

In honour of our new exhibition, Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books, here’s a lesson on how medieval manuscripts were made, courtesy of the exhibition’s curator and a student in UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, Robert Makinson.  How Manuscripts Are Made Manuscript leaves are usually made from vellum, a term denoting calfskin; other […]

New exhibition: Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library announces a new exhibition! Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books: How the Middle Ages Shaped the Way We Read, 1245 AD to UBC This fascinating exhibition tells the medieval and early modern story of the written word using RBSC’s fantastic collection. Two recent acquisitions are of particular note: […]

Views of Yokohama Exhibition

An exhibition of Yokohama woodcut maps from the Tokugawa period is on display at Rare Books and Special Collections from April 1st to 30th, 2015.  This exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s sister-city relationship with Yokohama. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and […]

Relive the fun…and the food!

Relive the fun…and the food!

If you weren’t able to join us for Robert Sung’s funny and fascinating talk on December 19 entitled “Food in Transit,” you’re in luck! Thanks to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the talk is now available to watch online: Sung’s entertaining and educational talk included personal stories of immigration, cultural and culinary exchange, […]

Art of the Book open house!

This Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m., please join RBSC for an open house that offers a chance to view the delightful and surprising Art of the Book 2013 exhibition and to hear local book artists and members of Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) discuss the works featured in the exhibition. The open house […]

The Oxford English Dictionary

Sorry you missed it?

If you’ve been quietly sobbing into your copy of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary since missing last Friday’s talk by Professor Stefan Dollinger, dry your eyes! Iva Cheung, a local professional editor and a current student in the UBC course English 320: History of the English Language, wrote a terrific blog post about the event, […]