Western Libraries

Visiting the Archives

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.

Before your visit, search our sources...

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. 


Planning your visit...

Getting here:    



The entrance to the Archives is located inside The D.B. Weldon Library.

 Our address is:

The Archives and Research Collections Centre,
Western University
Weldon Library Room 140
1151 Richmond St
London ON Canada N6A 3K7


Each time you visit, registration is required.

As you enter the Reading Room, a staff member will greet you at the desk and ask for photo identification in order to register your visit. 

You will be asked to store bags, purses, backpacks etc. in the lockers we provide.

Expectations: Visiting the Archives




If you need images or text reproduced, ask staff for advice on what can be copied and your options for reproduction.