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Archives & Special Collections

Collections of books and periodicals (c.48,000) which, for a variety of reasons, are held apart from the main library areas, are housed in the Archives & Special Collections Department of the Harriet Irving Library. Also found here are c.6,066 ft. of UNB's institutional records and private papers (historical and literary) relevant to New Brunswick.

All members of the university community as well as those outside the university are welcome to use the resources and services of the department.

Reference Services Suspended

Due to scheduled renovations to the Harriet Irving Library, UNB Archives & Special Collections will be closed for the summer – May 1st through September 2nd, 2019. All reference services will be suspended for the duration, including the use of the Archives’ reading room, access to archival holdings and book collections in Special Collections, and digital reproduction requests.

Reference inquiries may be made by email (, but since archival material will be inaccessible, answers may not be provided until September.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. Further information.

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