Special Collections & Archives welcomes donations of archival material and rare books that support teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo.

Archival material can include correspondence, diaries, letters, maps, architectural plans, photographs, negatives, slides, and audiovisual material such as films, videos, and audio reels. For rare books, priority is given to material printed prior to 1800, American imprints prior to 1850, Canadian imprints prior to 1867 and Canadian pamphlets printed before 1945. Material printed after 1801 is also considered.

We are especially interested in collecting material that falls within, or complements, the following key collecting areas:

To discuss whether we are a suitable repository for your archival or rare book material, please contact Nick Richbell, Head, Special Collections & Archives at nick.richbell@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567 ext. 42445.

Special Collections & Archives is also grateful for financial donations that contribute towards processing gifts as well as the long-term preservation and access of our collections. Please visit the Support the Library page for further information about making cash donations to us.

We are thankful for the generosity of our donors. Each and every donor plays an important role in allowing us to curate collections of long-standing research value that support teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo. 

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Special Collections & Archives is pleased to offer limited in-person appointments for current Waterloo students, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.

Although we remain closed to the public, staff have limited access to the archival and rare book collections. Please continue to contact us with your research requests but note that there will be a delay in resolving your inquiry.

We also invite you to visit the Waterloo Digital Library to view select items from our collections online.

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