Nova Scotia Archives

General Visitor Information

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Upon arrival, all visitors and researchers are required to register at the Lobby Reception Desk. Those intending to conduct research will be issued a Researcher’s Card, which must be worn at all times while in the building. Registration is a brief process which includes reading the Information and Procedures For Researchers, filling out and signing a Researcher Registration Form, and providing appropriate personal identification such as a driver’s license, or other photo or address-bearing official identification.


All visitors and researchers are required to leave overcoats, jackets, brief cases, handbags, purses, cameras and other belongings in secure lockers provided in the Lobby. Visitors and researchers will be issued a key which must be returned when leaving the building. Lockers are checked and emptied at the end of each day and Nova Scotia Archives assumes no responsibility for articles left behind.  Researchers may take paper, pencils, laptop computers, personal communication devices and research notes with them upstairs to the Reading Rooms.


Public washrooms are located behind the elevators on the 1st and 3rd floor.


Nova Scotia Archives is fully accessible to the physically challenged. Designated parking is available in front of the building. A specially designed microfilm reader is available in the Microfilm Reading Room. Please ask staff for assistance.


Three designated parking spaces are available for visitors in the small lot behind the Nova Scotia Archives, off Robie Street. Please see reception security staff for a temporary parking pass.

Public Use Work Stations

Public Use Internet-access workstations are available in the 3rd floor Reading Rooms.


Free WiFi is available in all public areas of the Archives Building. Reading Rooms are fully equipped for laptop connectivity.

Food and Drink 

To protect Nova Scotia Archives holdings, food and drink, including water, are permitted only in a designated area of the Lobby. Cold-drinks and snack vending machines are available in the Lobby.


Not permitted anywhere within the Nova Scotia Archives building, nor outside within 5 meters of the main entrance.

Reading Rooms

Two large Reading Rooms (Microform and Archival), located on the 3rd floor, provide access to Reference Services and space for researchers working with archival material.


Les Archives de la Nouvelle-Écosse participent au programme Bonjour! commandité par le gouvernement provincial de la Nouvelle-Écosse et peuvent offrir des services en français aux visiteurs en personne, par téléphone, par courriel et par la poste.

General Research Regulations

Noise Levels: As a courtesy, please refrain from unnecessary noise when consulting with staff or other researchers. Mobile phones should be set to silent or vibrate at all times. As a courtesy in the Reading Rooms to other researchers, please conduct your phone conversations in the area behind the elevators on the 3rd floor.

Pencils Only: Using ink, ball-point or felt-tip pens is absolutely prohibited. Pencils are available in the Reading Rooms.

Care of Material: Please do not mark, fold or lean on research material, or touch it with pencils or sharp objects. When taking notes, don’t use documents, books or other archival material as a support for your paper. Please do not rearrange material that appears to be out of order; instead, please notify staff if you find disorganized or damaged material. Use of certain fragile items will require wearing protective cotton gloves, which staff will provide.

Personal Computers: Both Reading Rooms are extensively wired for personal computers and free WiFi is available.

Cameras and Recording Devices: May not be used to copy or record archival or library material without prior consultation with the Reference Archivist.

Scanning Equipment: Hand-held scanners and similar scanning devices are not permitted.