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The Archives will be open to the public starting September 2021.
As of September 7, 2021 people who wish to have access to the special collections (regional, faculty, theses & essays, and rare books) will be able to come on site to consult the publications of the special collections.

As of September 16, 2021 people who wish to have access to the archival holdings will be able to come on site for consultation, but an appointment is required. You can contact us by email:

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.


Hours of operation*

Tuesday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:30pm
Friday 10:00am - 12pm; 1pm - 4:30pm
Saturday CLOSED



* Archives hours may be subject to change



Archives Reading Room