Archives are full of unique, unpublished material in a variety of media not available anywhere else in the world. Archival research holdings must be used onsite and handled with special care.

Interested in provincial history, women’s issues, or social activism? We keep a wide range of archival material in our specially designed vault and provide access to it in our Reading Room. Follow along to learn how to conduct research at the Archives.

Step 2: Prepare to work in the Reading Room

When coming to do research, be prepared to:

  • Complete a one-time researcher registration form.
  • Provide information about your local and permanent residence and to show some form of photo identification
  • Set up Eduroam while you are still at your home insititution so that you can access SFU wifi during your visit. If you have trouble, please contact If you are unaffiliated with an institution, you can use a designated workstation or your personal phone data to access internet in the Reading Room. 

You must use the materials on-site, so allow time to take notes by hand or by laptop computer. Archives staff can perform limited photocopying services for files and documents of especial interest.

For specialized documents, you may need to schedule your session in advance.

Reading Room Hours

Monday: by appointment
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

Phone: 778.782.3805

Before your visit

During your Visit

Internet Connection
In order to use an SFU wifi connection, you will need to set up Eduroam while you are still at your home institution. 

Researchers unaffiliated with an institution can access the internet through a designated workstation or their personal phone data.