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*Regular Hours

Monday-Friday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Closed weekends & stat holidays

*While the above are our regular hours of operation, our Reading Room hours sometimes differ due to temporary circumstances.  Before you visit us, please confirm our hours on the Special Collections website.

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Members of the university community, researchers from other institutions, and the public in general may access the Transgender Archives at no charge.

  • Photo ID is required to view requested material.
  • No appointment is needed. Once you arrive, speak to the staff at the desk and they will gladly assist you.
  • Because our materials are rare and one-of-a-kind, we are a "closed archives" (meaning that our staff will happily retrieve the materials for you).
  • We encourage visitors to review our FREE downloadable book that reviews our collections, “Foundations for the Future: The Transgender Archives.”
  • Review our collections, download our finding aids, and keyword search what you're looking for.
  • Use our Discovery Tool to search the world’s largest collection of Trans+ publications.
  • Only pencil and paper, or laptops, may be used in this area -- pens are not permitted.
  • Gloves may be required while handling certain materials.
  • Use of material is normally restricted to our reading room during regular hours.
  • Reproduction by photocopy, scanning, or by any other means, is determined on an item-by-item basis dependent on the material's condition, copyright, and specific restrictions. Self-serve scanners and photocopiers are available (photocopying costs: 12¢/side for B&W, 40¢/side for colour).

Past Archives Visitors


Located on the University of Victoria campus, lower level of the William C. Mearns Centre - McPherson Library, the Transgender Archives share a beautiful and serene location that includes a reading room, classroom, exhibit space, and a climate-controlled vault.