Rare Books and Special Collections Tours

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library


RBSC houses significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, broadsides and pamphlets. Our open resources not only support the research of scholars from UBC, but are also used extensively by members of the general public in British Columbia.


Drop-in Wednesdays at 11am
Irving K. Barber Learning Center, Level 1
1961 East Mall, Vancouver
Always free | Open to the public

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Highlights from our Collections

Visit RBSC to experience these highlighted collections and more!

Kelmscott Chaucer

Chung Collection

Langmann Collection

Tokugawa Maps

Vancouver Weekly Herald

view of the RBSC library

Planning your visit

Students, faculty, visiting scholars, researchers, and members of the general public are welcome to view material in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

The easiest way to get acquainted with the Collections housed at RBSC is to attend a public tour, held every Wednesday at 11am.