Nova Scotia Archives

Appointment Request

Onsite research visits will be available by prearranged appointment only. Please fill out our Appointment Request Form.

Once you submit your request, Archives staff will contact you to book a reference consultation, answer your questions and work out a research strategy.

Please be advised that during this time, priority will be given to urgent or time-sensitive research needs, e.g. legal, fiscal, or educational program completion.

We appreciate your patience during this time.


Appointment Request Form


What to expect from your reference consultation:

We will contact you to help determine the best approach to meet your research needs. We may suggest sources, finding aids and collections. Working together, we will come up with a list of resources and materials for you to consult during your onsite visit:

  • We may be able to answer your questions over the phone
  • We may direct you to relevant online resources or other sources for you to continue your research at a distance
  • We may provide you with finding aids to consult


If onsite consultation of records is necessary, we will book a time for you to visit the Archives and go over what to expect when you arrive. Onsite appointments must be scheduled in compliance with physical distancing requirements and the limitations of our research space. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but please keep in mind that this might not always be possible.


What to expect during your onsite visit:

Your health and safety, as well as that of our staff, is of utmost importance. With this in mind, and based on information supplied by Nova Scotia Public Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada and other authorities, we have put the following measures in place:

  • Workstations have been spaced to ensure physical distancing guidelines can be met. Please limit yourself to the station(s) allotted for your use.
  • We have increased and intensified our cleaning of workstations and equipment.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands before proceeding to the research floor.
  • As per updated Public Health protocols, visitors are now required to wear a mask while visiting Nova Scotia Archives. We do not have masks available onsite, and ask that you please provide your own.
  • You will be asked a series of Public Health “screening questions” upon arrival at the building.
  • Archival materials will be available for your exclusive use during your visit and will enter a ‘quarantine’ period after use in compliance with recommended standards.


A staff member will be on hand and will be able to help you in a limited capacity. Please be aware that in-person reference services will be unavailable at this time.


For more information on the COVID-19 guidelines, please visit