Service Disruption

Special Collections & Archives is pleased to offer limited in-person appointments. Walk-ins are not permitted. Proof of vaccination is required by everyone before coming to campus.

Researchers wishing to work at a distance are welcome to contact us with their questions.

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

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
  • 8:30 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?