Service Update

Beginning September 20, 2021, USask will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 for everyone ages 12 and older who participate in campus visits. Researchers will need to show proof each time they visit the reading room. "Show and Go" Requirements include:

  • Provide proof of having received two doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine
  • Provide photo identification with name matching the name on the proof of vaccination
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must provide visual proof (ie. photo) of your negative test with a date that shows the test was taken within the past 48 hours

Further information can be found here:


Our reading room is open Tuesday - Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. 

Please note that we are closed between 12 – 1 pm.

Scheduled retrieval times are available throughout the day:

  • 10 - 10:30 am
  • 11 am – noon
  • 1 - 2:30 pm
  • 3 - 4 pm
  • Space is limited
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged. Please contact us via so that we can discuss your research needs. Material must be requested for retrieval in advance of your visit. Once we determine what material you want to look at, we will be in a better position to confirm your appointment. We may also be able to assist you without an appointment, through digitization of selected material
  • Effective until December 31st, 2021 (pending further review), all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert
  • Mandatory handwashing is also in place for staff and researchers. Please note that we ask that you do not use hand sanitizer prior to using UASC materials, due to possible damage to rare materials. A public washroom is located just outside our reading room
  • Researchers are encouraged to self-monitor their health and reschedule appointments in the case of any illness
  • Please bring your own pencil and paper

We continue to offer online reference services, providing digital copies of materials to our researchers. Please note that digitization may be limited by factors including the volume of your request, onsite staffing schedules, legal and other access restrictions, and research required to identify relevant material. We also have limited access to collections held offsite, including the John Diefenbaker archival collections.

UASC can supplement the digitization service by providing you with copies of finding aids and assisting with identifying relevant collections for a future research visit.

Reach out to us at to prepare for your visit and for other inquiries.  We look forward to seeing you back in person!

Research assistance

Reference and research assistance services are available in-person, by phone or e-mail. Contact us to start your search.

We recommend that you call or e-mail us before making an in-person visit to allow us to make the most of your time.

  • Even though many collections can be searched through our website, a portion of our collections are not available online. Visit the Collections section of our website for more information about searching our holdings.
  • Our staff have expert knowledge of the collection and can make suggestions, email finding aids, and locate specific items of interest before you arrive.
  • When we have a chance to discuss your research goals prior to your visit we can pull materials and have them ready for your arrival.
  • We can make referrals to other institutions which may have the information you need.


Photograph of display cabinets and tables in the UASC reading room.
UASC reading room

UASC does not lend material from our holdings. All materials must be viewed in the reading room.

Photocopies and scans are provided at the rates set out in our price list.

We cannot guarantee the quality of digital scans and are unable to make enhancements or adjustments to brightness, contrast, etc. Whenever possible, we aim to provide digital images in your requested format but we are limited by our equipment and software.

You are welcome to use a digital camera to take your own photographs of materials during your visit, subject to the limitations outlined below. We also provide a self-serve scanner for client use in the reading room. There is no charge for self-digitization.

For off-campus clients, photocopies of some published materials may be available through interlibrary loan. Contact your local library to arrange this.

Copyright and Reproductions

Unless specific permission for use is obtained, all reproductions (including self-digitization) of materials from UASC are provided for research and personal study only.

It is your responsibility to obtain copyright permission to publish or otherwise reproduce or distribute archival material. Whenever possible, UASC staff will provide information about copyright holders but copyright responsibility is assumed by the researcher. You can also contact Copyright at the University of Saskatchewan for assistance. 

UASC may refuse to make or allow copies of material if restricted by donor agreement or copyright, if the material is fragile, or if suitable equipment is not available.

The terms governing use, reproduction and publication of material provided in digital format are the same as material provided in any other format.

Citing Archival Material

Many researchers are unsure how to cite materials they have found at UASC. Visit our research guide to learn about citing archival materials.

If you have questions about citing an item, contact us. We are happy to provide advice.

ISBN Assignment

UASC is able to provide and assign an ISBN number for new monographs being published under the auspices of the University of Saskatchewan or a department thereof. In order to receive the ISBN, contact us with the following information (question/subject heading "ISBN Request"):

  • title
  • author/editor
  • name of publishing department
  • publishing date
  • your contact information
  • subject heading "ISBN Request"