Service update

Please note that there will be ongoing construction near the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. While our front door is accessible please be aware there may be construction workers in the area and that there may be noise.

Though our front door is available, we may not be able to accomodate all walk-in appointments. Please book appointments ahead of time.

To book an appointment please fill out this form.

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.

Please note:

  • Space is limited.
  • We ask that you do not use hand sanitizer prior to using UASC materials, due to possible damage to rare materials.
  • Researchers are encouraged to self-monitor their health and reschedule appointments in the case of any illness.
  • Masks encouraged and are available for free in the reading room.

We continue to offer online reference services by providing digital copies of materials to our researchers. Please note that digitization may be limited by factors including the volume of your request, legal and other access restrictions, and research required to identify relevant material.

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.

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.

Using the reading room

Photograph of display cabinets and tables in the UASC reading room.
UASC reading room
For the preservation of our materials:
  • No food or drink is allowed in the reading room.
  • Pencils are the only writing implement allowed and avilable in the reading rooom. No pens or highlighers may be used. Further information about appropriate handling of our material is available from reference desk staff.
  • We will ask you to leave your coat and bags at the coat rack in the Reading Room.
  • Borrowed materials must remain in the reading room at all times.

You are welcome to bring your laptop or other devices for note-taking and there are outlets available.

For researchers coming from out of town, see this list of Services and Attractions offered by the University of Saskatchewan.


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

Photocopies and scans can be provided. We are currently not charging for standard document scanning. However we reserve the right to charge for high volume scan requests or for multi-media scanning which may require outsourcing.

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.

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

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"