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Find Archival and Special Collections Resources

What are Archival and Special Collections?

  • Our collections hold rare and unique items which are primary resources (hyperlink to definition) for research.
  • Types of primary sources can include diaries, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, interviews, some film and audiovisual materials, and artefacts among other items, depending on the nature of the research project.

How do I find Archival and Special Collection resources?

  • Archival & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Library.
  • Materials can only be accessed in the Reading Room and may not be checked out.
  • We are open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM Wednesday and Thursday, and closed on weekends and holidays. Our hours change periodically. We suggest you check the University of Guelph Library website for current hours of operation. 
  • Please bring a piece of photo identification (student/faculty card, driver’s license, etc.) to access the materials.licence, etc.) to access the materials.
  • You are welcome to bring laptops, digital cameras (no flash), and other materials for taking notes.
  • Please do not bring ink pens, food, or drink with you to the Reading Room. It is also a quiet space.;

What tools are available to help me find resources?

  • Visit the Archives: Finding Aids
    While some of our finding aids can be accessed through catalogue records in Omni, many are not digitized and can only be accessed in the Reading Room.
  • Visit the Archives: Subject Specialist Reference Staff
    We can help get you started. 

How do I cite archival sources?

If you are publishing photographs from our collections, please use the following format: “Collection name, Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library”

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