Owing to the complex nature of archival research we encourage you to make an appointment. This allows staff to carefully review your request and work with you to ensure the materials you wish to consult are ready for your visit as some collections are held off-site.

Researchers who wish to continue working at a distance can continue to contact us with research requests and staff will work virtually with you.

We also invite you to visit the Waterloo Digital Library to view a selection of digitized items.

Where are we?

Special Collections & Archives is located on the bottom (first) floor of the Dana Porter Library. Enter the library through the front doors, then go down the stairs to your right (across from Browsers Coffee Shop), or take the elevator down to the first floor. We are behind the display cases!

View of entrance to Special Collections & Archives


  • Monday to Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please consult the University of Waterloo Library Hours of Service before coming to the Library.

Before you come

Are you coming to consult one of our collections? Let us know ahead of time so we can pull the material and have it ready for you when you arrive.

If you plan to use our overhead scanner, don't forget to bring a USB flash drive or memory key.

Coming from off-campus?