Access to Collections

We provide access to the items in each collection as well as space in which to consult them.

Rare books, special collections, and interlibrary loan materials are available for use within the archives reading room in 581 MacOdrum Library. Loan of materials to other institutions are determined on a request by request basis.

Help with archival research

Finding what one needs in the Archive may present a challenge to first-time researchers or those with minimal archival experience. We offer assistance using the finding aids and collections.

Familiarity with available resources allows us to guide researchers to the most pertinent collections.

Professional Advice

We are available for consultation regarding storage, preservation, and archival appraisal, as well as general inquiries regarding historical research and archival sources in both the national capital and Canada as a whole.

Public Events and Commemorations

We are involved in both internal and external events. These include anniversaries such as Carleton's, municipal exhibits on the histories of football and hockey in Ottawa, and regular celebrations such as Convocation.

We also actively support publications relating to university heritage, and have aided in projects such as the "What's in a Name?" exhibit on campus. With our extensive knowledge of Carleton University's history, we run heritage walking tours of campus, as well as speeches for reunions and celebrations.

Learning Support for Carleton Students

We offer direct instruction to students in the use of primary source material in academic research. Placements and internships are available to students in cooperative education programs.

Teaching Support for Carleton Faculty and Instructors

Our collections represent a valuable resource for professors and instructors interested in using primary sources, including rare books and rare folio. These collections demonstrate various print formats, adding depth to instruction in diverse academic fields.

In addition to the collection, our reference room is available for public consultations. Access to a graduate seminar room is at the disposal of faculty using the collections for instruction. Secure storage is available to house primary sources for class instruction.