The Glenbow Western Research Centre is open by appointment only. Please visit to book an appointment.


Copies, Scans, and Photography

Reproductions of items from Archives and Special Collections are provided in accordance with Canadian copyright law. Materials will be provided for research and private study purposes under the fair dealing provision in the Copyright Act. If you intend to use images or scans of items in our collections for a publication, exhibition, etc., you will need to seek permission from the copyright holder. Reproductions will be made by staff for a fee. Researchers can in most cases take a photo of an item they are consulting, when the intended use is for private research or study. Please confirm with the staff member in the Glenbow Western Research Centre. Flash photography is not permitted.

Requesting Materials

Contact us by Email. Please note that we require a minimum of one day’s notice to retrieve requested items from our collection storage areas. If we anticipate any delay in retrieving your requested item(s) we will be in touch with you.

Research Support

Specialists in each collecting area will assist you in preparing to consult materials. We offer reference support and assistance in planning a research visit, searching our holdings, and using rare and archival sources. We advise over the phone, via email, through one-on-one consultations, or in our Reading Room.

Preservation / Collection Care

Conservation advisor David Daley provides advice for the preservation of books, archives, and mixed collections to archivists, curators, and librarians at the university. Conservation activities include inspections, cleaning, repair, and environmental control maintenance. Advice is also provided to those with questions about the care of heirlooms and personal collections.


Tours are currently not available.

Teaching Support

Using archival and special collections materials in university courses enhances the student learning experience by introducing students to exciting new venues for their learning and research and by promoting meaningful engagement with original sources. If you wish to bring your class to Archives and Special Collections, please consult with Christena McKillop.