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Rare Books in Science and Medicine

Highlighting rare science and medicine books at UBC. The History of Science and Medicine guide is also available.

UBC Open Collections- History of Medicine and Science

UBC Library's Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses, and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond. Open Collections are comprised of materials from RBSC's holdings, as well as other collections from around the University. RBSC-specific digitized collections are listed below, but be sure to browse all available collections.

Resources for Assignments and Activities

For faculty interested in incorporating engagement with primary sources into their remote courses, this section provides a selection of ideas and resources to inspire new modes of research and discovery. We'll continue to update this section as we identify more resources. Please feel free to contact us if you find a resource you would like to have added to the list.

Open Access Special Collections Resources

In addition to UBC Library's subscription databases, there are a number of open access digital libraries and archives available world-wide. Here is just a small list of free, open access digital libraries featuring rare books, special collections, and archival materials. More sources can be found via this amazing crowdsourced list of online collections and this extensive list compiled by the Bibliographical Society of America.

Background Readings: History of Medicine and Books, Publishing, and Illustration