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Visiting the Archives

As of March 1, 2022 the Archives reading room is open to all, Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

We can be reached by email at or by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 3306. We are available to assist you, to respond to your questions and provide reference.

We would like to acknowledge that the J.N. Desmarais Library & Archives are located on the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabek, and Wahnapitae First Nations which are within the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory.

Located on the first floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library, the Archive Repository houses the holdings of archival fonds of organizations and individuals from the Northern Ontario community as well as seven different special collections: the Faculty Collection, Fourth Year Honour’s Essay, Graduate Theses, the Rare Books Collection, the Regional collection, Reference sources, and Vertical files (from Mining & Environment database). 

All collections are accessible to everybody but all have to be consulted in the Angus Gilbert Reading Room, in the Archives. The Angus Gilbert Reading Room can accommodate forty (40) researchers.

Archives Reading Room


Hours of operation*  (May 2, 2022 – September 2, 2022)

Tuesday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:00pm
Saturday CLOSED


* Archives hours are subject to change



Policies & Procedures

Laurentian University archives are accessible to all. We do require that you make an appointment if you wish to access archival fonds which are housed in the Archives.

Archival fonds and the special collections housed in the Archives cannot be borrowed through Inter-Library Loan services or taken out of the Angus Gilbert Reading Room. Only in-house consultation is authorised.

Archives staff will provide assistance with research services, however we are unable to commit to more than three hours of our time for such research. As an alternative, there are Laurentian University students that can, for an hourly fee, assist in this regard.

If you cannot come to the archives to do your research, we can provide you with names of Laurentian University students who, for an hourly fee, could do the research for you. Although we provide you with names of LU students, it is your responsibility to negotiate the agreement with the student. LU archives is not responsible for the research done by the students.


  • You will be charged for postage, when applicable.
  • There is no transmission of documents by fax.
  • There is no transmission of documents by email.

Procedures and Costs for the Scanning of Photographs (PDF)
Procedures and policies for photocopies of archival documents (PDF)
Request for reproduction of archival material (PDF)
Use of a Camera by Researchers in the Archives
Rules and Registration Form (PDF)
Floor Plan in pdf format
Acquisition Policy

Contact Us

By mail

Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON, Canada
P3E 2C6

By email

By fax

(705) 675-4877

By telephone

Archives Reception: (705) 675-1151 Extension 3306
Archivist, Marthe Brown: (705) 675-1151 Extension 3339

In person

The Laurentian University Archives are located on the first floor of the J.N. Desmarais Library at the Laurentian University campus on Ramsey Lake Road in Sudbury, Ontario.  We are situated in the heart of the Laurentian University campus just minutes away from one of Sudbury’s main arteries, Paris Street.

Those making their way by car will find several parking lots on campus. Those flying into the Greater Sudbury Airport will want to arrange for a shuttle or taxi.

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Directions By Car

campus map

From Highway 69 North (from Toronto)

  1. Take Highway 69 North to Sudbury, which becomes Regent Street
  2. Turn right onto Paris Street at the Paris and Regent intersection.
  3. Turn right on Ramsey Lake Road (where Science North is located).
  4. Turn right on University Road.

From Highway 17 East (from Ottawa)

  1. Take Highway 17 West towards North Bay and Sudbury.
  2. In Sudbury, take the “Kingsway,” which becomes Brady Street.
  3. Turn left on Paris Street
  4. Turn left on Ramsey Lake Road (where Science North is located).
  5. Turn right onto University Road

From Highway 17 West (From Sault Ste. Marie)

  1. Take Highway 17 East to Sudbury
  2. Exit at Long Lake Road
  3. Turn right at exit onto Regional Road 80 North
  4. Continue onto Regional Road 80 North, which becomes Paris Street
  5. Turn right on Ramsey Lake Road (where Science North is located).
  6. Turn right on University Road

From Highway 144 South (from Timmins)

  1. Take 144 South towards Sudbury
  2. Take the Big Nickel Road ramp
  3. Continue onto Regional Road 55 east which turns into Lorne Street.
  4. Turn right on Douglas Street which turns into Brady Street.
  5. Turn right on Paris Street
  6. Turn left on Ramsey Lake Road (where Science North is located)
  7. Turn right on University Road