Be Transformed: Discover the Harry Potter Collection at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections

Experience the Harry Potter Collection in person. Visit Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library for a hands on tour. We’ll introduce you to our space and unique material including special items from our growing Harry Potter collection. Tours are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 11 am – 12 noon
Location: Rare Books and Special Collections is on the first floor of UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Get directions to the Library
Arrange a group tour or a class visit

An Exhibit of UBC Library’s Harry Potter Collection at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

UBC Library presents an exhibit of selected items from our Harry Potter collection, as well as antiquarian rare books featuring magical creatures, at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra April 7–9 2017. This exhibit, curated by Rare Books Librarian Chelsea Shriver, complements a screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM, with accompanying music performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Dates: April 7–9, evenings 7 pm and matinée 2 pm
Location: The Orpheum, 601 Smithe St.

Find event details


Learn more about Rare Books and Special Collections


Harry Potter and the Vancouver Community

Vancouver shares some important and surprising connections with the Harry Potter series: did you know that Kidsbooks in Vancouver was the first bookstore in all of Canada to carry Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Also, Raincoast Books in Vancouver was the first Canadian book publisher to publish editions of the Harry Potter series until 2010.

UBC Library is collecting the Harry Potter books to ensure that scarce first or special editions of these works can be properly cared for and made accessible to the community for generations to come, while sharing the story of the impact that the series had on the people, the business, and the cultural landscape of Vancouver. That’s why Rare Books and Special Collections is working to acquire complete sets of the U.S., U.K., and Canadian first editions of the Harry Potter series.


Please note the exhibitions and events are in no way affiliated with the Harry Potter copyright owners including J.K Rowling, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal Studios and Scholastic.


harry and hagrid 1065


HP books 625


signatures 625