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Rare Books and Special Collections Remote Resources and Services Guide

Reading Room Operations

Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, the Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and University Archives (UA) reading room will be closed until further notice. During this time librarians, archivists, and staff will be working remotely to continue to support our patrons to the extent possible.

This guide will provide patrons with information about RBSC and UA operations and services at this time, including access to digital collections and research assistance.

Welcome to Rare Books and Special Collections

For Instructors

Instructors can make a request for remote teaching and learning support by completing our RBSC Remote Instructional Support Request Form. In order to ensure sufficient preparation time, we recommend completing this form a month in advance of when RBSC remote content / support will be needed for your course.

For more information, please see the Remote Teaching and Learning Support section of this guide.

Contact the Rare Books and Special Collections Team

Katherine Kalsbeek, Head, Rare Books & Special Collections

Krisztina Laszlo, Archivist

Chelsea Shriver, Librarian

Claire Williams, Forestry Archvist

Contact the University Archives Team

Erwin Wodarczak, Acting University Archivist

John Moran, Archivist

Candice Bjur, Archives Assistant

Important Library Information and Updates

UBC Library services available:

Ongoing news, updates, databases and catalogue:

View the Library’s COVID-19 Workspace Safety Plan


Thank you to Kimberly Fama, Reference Librarian at the David Lam Management Research Library, on whose work this guide was built.