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COVID Update

As per the direction of UVic Administration and BC's Provincial Health Officer, Fall 2021 will see resumption of all in person library public services, including in person access to Special Collections & University Archives, which is the home of the Transgender Archives (current updates). 

Review UVic's Healthy & Safety protocols.

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Regular Hours


  • September - April: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • May - August: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Closed weekends & stat holidays

See more information about hours on the Special Collections website.


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, Nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse publications.
  • Only pencil and paper, or laptops, may be used in this area -- pens are not permitted.
  • Gloves may be required while using 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).


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.