William Shakespeare’s First Folio published in 1623 gifted to UBC Library
The University of British Columbia has acquired a complete first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies Histories and Tragedies—an extremely rare book published seven years after Shakespeare’s death and credited with preserving almost half of his plays.
Jan 12, 2022
Historic collection from the Klondike Gold Rush gifted to UBC in $2.5M donation
UBC alumnus and Canadian telecommunications icon, Philip B. Lind, CM, has donated $2.5 million to UBC.
May 5, 2021
Secret love letters and languages: UBC exhibit offers Pride Week history lesson
As love notes go, this one might seem rather ordinary: “My beloved darling, I never forget you. I think about you every day.” But what if you found out it was a secret message from 1902 in France, written in code between two women?
Jul 29, 2019
UBC Library acquires copy of ‘the most beautiful of all printed books’ – the Kelmscott Chaucer
A new chapter in teaching is about to begin for the UBC Library with the acquisition of one of the world’s most extraordinary books: the Kelmscott Chaucer.
Aug 24, 2016
Centuries-old medieval manuscripts added to UBC Library collection
The acquisition of two outstanding medieval manuscripts has bolstered UBC Library’s rare book holdings and provided valuable, real-life texts for teaching and learning.
Mar 21, 2016
Libraries evolve to keep pace in rapidly changing world of technology
Academic university libraries have come a long way since the early days of the card catalogue system, microfiches, and rows of book stacks.
Sep 1, 2015
“Window on a lost world”: rediscovered papyri at UBC shed light on ancient Egypt
A reminder for a dinner invitation and a touching letter from a young man to his mother offer a rare glimpse of daily life in ancient Egypt, thanks to a recent rediscovery at UBC Library.
Jul 6, 2015
UBC Library acquires 800-year-old medieval Papal document
An extraordinary Papal document that’s nearly 800 years old has become a valuable teaching and research tool at UBC, thanks to a history instructor’s passion and the university library’s restoration efforts.
Jan 29, 2015 - by Glenn Drexhage
Wilde times: rare book coup for UBC
UBC Library has scored a rare book coup by acquiring two exceptional examples of early gay literature that share a connection with famed Victorian writer Oscar Wilde.
Jan 12, 2015
UBC Chung Collection celebrated in new documentary
A documentary film looking at UBC Library’s acclaimed Chung Collection premieres on Knowledge Network on May 16.
May 14, 2014
$1.2M UBC photo collection offers priceless glimpse into B.C. history
A Vancouver art collector has donated a treasure trove of rare historical photos to UBC Library.
Mar 18, 2014
Iconic Videomatica film collection available at UBC and SFU
Film fans, rejoice – Videomatica’s legendary film collection is now accessible for borrowing from UBC and SFU libraries.
Jan 27, 2014
Medieval manuscript’s impact spans centuries
A 700-year-old book—the oldest in UBC Library’s collection–helps bring history alive
Oct 16, 2013 - by Glenn Drexhage
The fight against mould, rot and decay
A trip to China helps preservation librarian Alvan Bregman save UBC’s ancient treasures
Apr 3, 2013 - by Glenn Drexhage
UBC unveils interactive kiosks for Chinese Canadian stories
UBC is unveiling interactive kiosks that offer compelling stories of Chinese Canadian communities, a searchable Chinese Head Tax Register of 97,000 digitized records and Gold Mountain Quest, an educational videogame.
Oct 12, 2012
UBC digitization program brings B.C. history to the world
An innovative UBC program has provided more than $1 million in funding to help B.C. communities promote their unique histories to audiences around the world, thanks to digitization.
May 2, 2012
One year later: UBC remembers Japan’s earthquake, explores lessons learned
UBC experts and community members are available to comment on the March 11 anniversary of Japan’s “triple disaster” – the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown.
Mar 8, 2012
Live-in for Literacy camps out at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Lovers of literacy and libraries are invited to come by and show their support for Live-in for Literacy, which begins this Tuesday on the second-floor foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. From January 17 to 26, students will once again “camp” at the Learning Centre in order to raise funds to build one or more libraries in a developing country.
Jan 17, 2012
UBC and SFU welcome $1.7M Videomatica film collection
An exceptional film collection valued at $1.7 million will be housed and preserved by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
Jan 16, 2012
Historical B.C. newspapers digitized by UBC Library
For the first time, more than 45,000 pages chronicling B.C.’s storied past are available online following the completion of a British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project.
Nov 7, 2011