Date: January 16 to February 13, 2018
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

Join us for a new exhibition highlighting a selection of Rare Books and Special Collection’s 2017 acquisitions, including books, documents, diaries, ephemera, photographs, artworks, and more!

 

 

The Rare Books and Special Collections reading room is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact RBSC at 604-822-2521 or at rare.books@ubc.ca.

Date: January 16 to February 13, 2018
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

Join us for a new exhibition highlighting a selection of Rare Books and Special Collection’s 2017 acquisitions, including books, documents, diaries, ephemera, photographs, artworks, and more!

 

 

The Rare Books and Special Collections reading room is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact RBSC at 604-822-2521 or at rare.books@ubc.ca.

The Kelmscott ChaucerHave you ever been curious about what we do or what we have at Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library (RBSC)? Interested in seeing the famous Kelmscott Chaucer in the flesh or a medieval bible from the 13th Century?
 
Join our weekly open house/hands-on show-and-tell for an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections every Wednesday at 11:00 am.
 
The event is 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.
 
Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the 1st floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Vancouver campus.
 
For more information or to book visits for classes or large groups, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-0645 or rare.books@ubc.ca.
 
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.
Rare Book and Special Collections Tour

A new exhibit at the Library explores the written word and the way we read.

The Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books, 1245 AD to UBC: How the Middle Ages Shaped the Way we Read exhibit uses medieval manuscripts in the Library’s collections – including a 13th century Papal Bull the Library acquired in 2014 – to follow the development of Western writing. 

image of the document

Professor Richard Pollard from UBC’s Department of History and Master’s student Robert Makinson curated the exhibit, which includes items from 1245-1525. These items “represent the transition from handwritten manuscripts to mass-produced printed books.” In addition to these rarely seen items, the exhibit prominently features a one-of-a-kind papal bull issued by Pope Innocent IV in 1245.  

Medieval manuscripts are an essential part of today’s print culture; many of the letter-forms that we use today were invented by medieval scribes. Many items in the collection were made during the latter half of the fifteenth century, around the time that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, portraying a critical period in the development of Western writing and reading. 

The exhibit is open to the public in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 1 until May 29. RBSC is located on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Exhibit - A Voyage of Discovery

In honour of the City of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, an exhibition highlighting the voyages of George Vancouver is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

For more information, visit events.ubc.ca or the Rare Books and Special Collections blog.

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