Classes / Tours


Rare Books and Special Collections librarians and archivists are available to make presentations based on their areas of expertise. They are also available to assist professors to present classes in the RBSC seminar room by suggesting books or other resources that will help support the lecture, educational goal, or syllabus. In any case, the librarian or archivist will be present at the class to assist the professor and students. It is customary procedure for the librarian or archivist to spend a few minutes at the beginning of the class to explain the correct handling of rare books and archival materials. All classes should be booked at least a week in advance. No pack sacks, overcoats, food, drink, or pens are allowed in the seminar room. Lockers are provided.


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 every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections. Tours are free and open to the general public, as well as the UBC community. No need to RSVP, just drop in to learn what RBSC is all about!

If you can’t make our weekly Wednesday tour, tours of Rare Books and Special Collections may be arranged by contacting the Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian (604-822-0645) or by filling out the online form, under the Contact Us section.

The Chung Collection is housed in Rare Books and Special Collections. An exhibition of outstanding items from the collection can be seen there in the Chung Collection room. The exhibition is open to the public at no charge, and a weekly tour of the Chung Collection exhibition is available every Thursday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.