What to Expect

We welcome all researchers and visitors. However, a visit to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (CTASC) is a different experience from visiting another department or section of the library. This also affects how you do your research and the amount of time you need for your visit. Here are some things you should know prior to contacting CTASC to make arrangements for your visit.

Visiting CTASC

The reading room of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections is open by appointment only. Appointments are available Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To book an appointment, email archives@yorku.ca at least three working days prior to your proposed visit. Please include a list of records or books you wish to consult. You will then receive an email confirming your appointment time. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only one researcher may access the reading room at a time. You must always wear a protective face covering over your mouth, nose and chin in Scott Library. Please do not come to Scott Library without a confirmed appointment. Appointments cannot be made on the spot.

You must show photo identification each time you access the reading room.

Directions and Travel Information

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Before you visit:

Browse the website of the archives. You will often find very useful information about the collection you are interested in researching. Sometimes, you may find an A-Z listing of online finding aids to the institution’s archival collections.

  • Focus and refine your topic
  • Do your background research
  • Search for appropriate archives to visit
  • Check the hours to make sure that the archives is open and accepting research appointments
  • Contact the archives or library to book an appointment.
  • Bring some cash for photocopying, or bring a camera and ask if you are able to take photographs of materials.

When you visit:

  • Expect to Check-in at Scott Library entrance, no admittance without an appointment
  • Expect to register as a reader – done online in advance – information verified at research appointment
  • Bring a piece of photo identification (like your driver’s licence or YU card).
  • Have patience, we are all adjusting to new workflows