In order to facilitate primary research, these three branches of the University of British Columbia Library acquire archival materials in all media, including textual paper records, photographs, audiovisual recordings, maps, plans, artwork, selected published materials, and electronic records. Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) at UBC-Vancouver strives to document the economic, political, cultural, labour, and literary history of British Columbia and Canada. The University of British Columbia Archives (UA), also based at UBC-Vancouver, serves as the University’s corporate memory by identifying, preserving, and making available for use its permanently valuable institutional and associated private records. UBC-Okanagan Special Collections and Archives (OSC) strives to offer access to materials created in and about the Okanagan-Similkameen, Columbia-Shuswap, and the Kootenays
If you are new to archival research, our Archives Research Guide will provide you with an overview of doing research with archival materials.
This database is built with AtoM (Access to Memory) software, an open source software solution for archival description based on international standards.
Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room to close from August 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023
The Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives reading room will be temporarily closed from August 1 to January 31, 2023 for infrastructure and storage upgrades.
To accommodate these upgrades, there will be some changes to library services. RBSC and UA will provide some reproduction services and digital instructional support during this time. Some collections maybe inaccessible until March 2023.