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 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

Before making a request for retrieval of any items, please review the Archival Finding Aid How Tos research guide to help understand how to provide details necessary to assist pulling material.

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. A minimum of 48 hours' notice is needed to request materials. 

Pathfinders and guides

Planning your visit

Archives Entrance

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

  • The regular hours of opening are: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Reading Room is closed each Saturday and Sunday, and on statutory holidays. From May to August, the Reading Room is closed on Fridays. Please check the hours of opening 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 to use the Print, Copy, Scan station
  • Visitors may obtain guest access to the internet for the day by presenting photo ID at our Reading Room desk. A temporary login and password will be provided and can be used with the guest computers in the Reading Room to access online resources at Western Libraries.
  • To access the "WesternU-Guest" wireless network for the day, a staff member from Western University must sponsor you. Please ask our staff for assistance. 
  • 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.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted.

Getting here

Our address is:

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

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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.


Visiting the Archives

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, Reproduction and Permission Fee Schedule.
  • You will need to read the terms and conditions governing the use of photography in the Reading Room if you wish to take pictures.
  • We have two microform readers available, one is enabled with a USB slot for your device.



  • Reading Room: 519-661-4046
  • Contact us by email.