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...
- The regular hours of opening are: Monday to Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
- The Reading Room is closed Saturday and Sunday, and on statutory holidays. Hours of opening are reduced from May to August, check the hours page before you visit.
- You may wish to bring a pencil, a USB device and a camera.
- You may wish to register for a PaperCut account for use with the Print, Copy, Scan station
- Visitors may use most online resources and the internet by presenting photo ID at any Western Libraries Service Desk to obtain Guest Access for the day. This temporary login & password can be used on the Guest terminals in the Reading Room.
- 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 are accessed from inside The D.B. Weldon Library.
Our address is:
The Archives and Research Collections Centre,
Weldon Library Room 140
1151 Richmond St
London ON Canada N6A 3K7
When 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.
Reading Room Guidelines
Care and handling of Archival Materials and Rare Books
Copying and Copyright
If you need images or text reproduced, ask staff for advice on what can be copied and your options for reproduction.
- You will need a PaperCut account to use the Print, Copy, Scan station.
- There is no charge for scanning to a USB device or an email address.
- Staff mediated scanning and digital photo reproduction services are available, charges will apply.
- If you need to take a photograph, you will need to sign a Camera Use Agreement form.
- We have 2 microform readers available, one is enabled with a USB slot for your device.