April 2021 - In light of the recent announcement from the Government of Ontario regarding new restrictions that come into effect on April 3, access to Morisset Library’s study spaces and computer workstations will be closed until at least May 1, 2021. Contactless pickup and scan on demand services remain available. The MRT and RGN book return drop boxes also remain available.

Updates on library services and operations.

Archives and Special Collections

News from the Archives and Special Collections

Partial re-opening of in-person consultation services.

The ARCS are pleased to announce that starting November 17, 2020 we will be offering limited in-person appointments for consultation of our unique archival and rare materials. This service is being offered at this time to members of the University of Ottawa community only.

Please consult the access and appointment conditions.

You can contact our team by email for any questions related to accessing archival material.

uOttawa Library service updates - All you need to know!

Online workshops

As our library remains closed and we are currently unable to provide in-person training sessions and workshops, our team has developed online versions of our most requested ones. Visit the Workshops and visits page to learn more and to access the videos. 

Scan on Demand service now available

ARCS is now offering limited scanning services for researchers.   Please contact us at arcs@uottawa.ca with your request or for more information.  


The University of Ottawa COVID-19 Archival Collection

Information and Archives Management Service (IAM), uOttawa Library, and ARCS, along with our colleagues from Carleton University and the City of Ottawa Archives, are collaborating to establish a COVID-19 response collection. These archival collections will be invaluable to contemporary and future research on the effects of the pandemic.  University of Ottawa's teams will preserve both official messaging and programs from the university (IAM) as well as capturing relevant websites, and story content collected from specific communities (Library and ARCS).

In collecting and preserving COVID-19 response-related materials, we are supported by the most recent joint statement1 of the International Council of Archives, UNESCO, the American Records Management Association (ARMA), the Digital Preservation Coalition, and others, which states that “The duty to document does not only rest with governments, but also with commercial, research and educational institutions” and that “the duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential”.

ARCS, along with the Library's ODSI team have launched COVID-19: Telling Her-Stories. This initiative provides a mechanism for women from across Canada upload their stories and experience of COVID-19 directly to the Archive. To learn more visit: https://biblio.uottawa.ca/omeka2/elle-histoires-covid-19/.

To learn about the collecting activities of our partners, please visit the following:

Information and Archives Management University of Ottawa: https://www.uottawa.ca/archives/en
Contact: Celeste Dubeau, Director Information Management, cdubeau2@uottawa.ca

City of Ottawa Archives: https://ottawa.ca/en/arts-heritage-and-events/city-ottawa-archives/covid-19-donations

Carleton University: https://carleton.ca/records/carleton-covid-19-archival-collection/




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