The Archives and Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to archival documents in all media formats that support teaching and research at the University of Ottawa.

What we offer

Archives and Special Collections offers guided tours and workshops that enable the University community and the public to discover the many facets of the collections. These workshops can be a valuable resource for developing students' research skills.

Tours and workshops can be offered in person or online, depending on your needs. Our team has also developed online videos that can be used as an introduction to our services in your classes. Please contact us to learn more about the different possibilities: [email protected].


Regular workshops

Introduction to ARCS

Throughout the year, Archives and Special Collections offers short tours to various groups introducing them to our general services and the highlights of the collection.  

A condensed version of the workshop is available.

Introduction to archival research

During the academic year, Archives and Special Collections offers an introduction to archival research workshop. You will learn how to begin your research, how to navigate the different types of archival services, how to read a finding aid, how to use online databases, and how to cite your sources. This workshop is offered at the beginning of each academic semester, in French and in English and on demand for groups.

A condensed version of the of the workshop is available as a video here and in PowerPoint here.

Introduction to rare books

During the academic year, Archives and Special Collections offers an introduction to rare books workshop. Discover the basics of how to consult and use rare books;  how to find them in our catalogue, how to read and handle them, as well as some information about formats, paper and decorated paper, binding, printing types, the provenance, printers, etc. Designed as an overview to demystify the world of old books.

Specialized workshops and tours on demand

Professors and teaching assistants who would like their students to take advantage of a specialized workshop are invited to contact us at least two weeks in advance. We can offer introductory workshops or workshops on a particular theme related to your class.

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