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Visiting the Archives

The Archives reading room is open to all, Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. We are closed daily from noon to 1:00 pm. An appointment is required to consult archival records.

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 is a quiet space that can accommodate up to forty (40) researchers. No food or drink is permitted in the Reading Room.

Archives Reading Room


Hours of operation*  (September 6, 2022 – April 28, 2023)

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 are subject to change