Consultation and reproduction

Consulting our collections

All of the material held at the Archives and Special Collections, including the archival fonds and collections, the rare books, the facsimiles, the artist books, the pamphlets, and the reference collection material must be consulted onsite.

Reading Room

The reading room of the Archives and Special Collections is located on the concourse level of the Morisset Library building, room 039. It is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30 pm during the academic year, and 9am to 4pm from June to August. Upon arrival, ring the bell and the staff will welcome you and help you with your research queries.

If you have already identified what you would like to consult or if you are planning a visit and your time is limited, we invite you to send us a completed consultation form in advance to arcs@uottawa.ca so we can prepare the documents for your visit.

Possible restrictions to access

We make every possible effort to give access to all the documents in our collections. However, it is possible that certain documents and collections are currently being processed or have not yet been catalogued. Although the majority of documents are available to researchers, certain documents have some consultation restrictions.

The format or poor physical condition of the documents can often limit access. Certain documents should be consulted only with the assistance of an employee of the Archives and Special Collections or it may be possible to consult a copy in place of the original. Also, certain documents may not be available for access for a determined period of time due to the fact that they contain sensitive personal information or in accordance with the wishes of the donor.

Reproduction

It is possible to obtain reproductions of documents under certain conditions. When the reproduction of a document is permitted, our staff will make a photocopy of the documents for you by using your student or employee card, or a photocopying card that can be purchased on the first floor of the Morisset Library. However, if documents are fragile or in poor physical condition reproduction may not be possible. The Copyright Act may also prevent the reproduction of certain documents.

It is also possible to obtain digitization or to take photographs of documents if certain guidelines are followed. Please contact arcs@uottawa.ca for further information.

For every reproduction request please complete the Reproduction Request Form available online or onsite.

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