The Reading Room is the public area in the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC) where you may access our holdings and do your research.
Western Archives provides a wide range of services to support the University's goals for research and scholarship and teaching and learning, as well as for the management of its institutional records. Located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre (ARCC), the two major components of Western Archives are the University Archives, which include university and private archival holdings, and The James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections, which comprise antiquarian and rare books and local history monographs. In addition, Western Archives provides various records management services to support the administration and operation of the University and is responsible for maintaining a growing collection of low and medium use print materials that have been transferred to storage from the seven libraries on campus.
Fire Insurance Plans: Plans for London, Sarnia, St. Thomas, Woodstock and Peterborough (1968) are located in the Reading Room for immediate access. Check the Listing for plans we hold that may be requested ahead of your visit.
Get help with a reference question, or if you wish to see items from our holdings it is recommended that you make a request by email in advance of your visit.
Visitors may obtain guest access to the internet for the day by presenting photo ID at any Western Libraries Service Desk. A temporary login & password will be provided and can be used with the guest computers in the Reading Room to access Western Libraries online resources.
If you are visiting from a participating post-secondary institution, you are eligible to access the eduroam wireless network using the credentials from your home institution.
We have adapters, chargers and sync cables to loan for most laptops, tablets and mobile devices.