Important Changes at the Library this Fall
Since most of our buildings are closed, some in-person Library services or resources described on this page are currently unavailable. For more details on how the Library can help this semester, check out our services updates or feel free to email us, chat with us, or reach out to a librarian or specialist in your discipline.

Archives and Special Collections

News from the Archives and Special Collections

All uOttawa Library locations, including ARCS, are CLOSED until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

uOttawa Library service updates - All you need to know!

Please email us for any questions related to accessing archival material during this time.

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. Scanning requests are completed on Mondays.  Please contact us at 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:

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

Information and Archives Management University of Ottawa:
Contact: Celeste Dubeau, Director Information Management,

City of Ottawa Archives:

Carleton University:




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