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Rules for Researchers

Archives Reading Room
Archives Reading Room

We look forward to welcoming you to the Simcoe County Archives, Ontario's first, and one of its finest, regional archives. Some of you planning a visit to our facility may be coming some distance. In order to help you get the most out of your day with us, please visit our Guide to Genealogical Research (for those of you conducting family history research) and our Titles of List of Descriptive Finding Aids, in order to familiarize yourself with our holdings.

In addition, please be aware of the following general rules for researchers, and prepare accordingly:

General Rules for Researchers

The Archives is open to the public from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

All researchers must be out of the building at 4:00 pm.

Retrieval of records and photocopying services may be restricted during the lunch hour and end for the day at 3:30 pm.

All outstanding fees must be paid before 4:00 pm.

No food or drink is allowed.

The Archives is not a lending library.

Original records will not be made available if microfilm or digital copies are available.

The Seminar Room is where staff take their lunch breaks. Please be considerate of their personal time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. A picnic table to the west of the Archives and the Lounge at the Museum next door are available to researchers.

Handling Archival Records

No pens or inks. All notes are to be taken with a pencil.

Ensure that your hands are clean and dry before handling paper records.

Cotton gloves must be worn when handling photographic and film material.

Do not lean on or otherwise apply pressure to archival records.

All records are to be kept flat on the table.

Documents are to be kept in the order in which you receive them.

Personal copiers and scanners are prohibited. Scanning and copying services are available.

Digital cameras may be used with prior permission to photograph records if the flash is disabled and the camera is silent. If you are photographing graphic material, you will be required to sign an Agreement for Use of our collection.

If you have any questions, please ask a staff member.

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy a productive day with us!