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Can I visit?

Sure!  Our new reading room is comfortable for experienced researchers and amateurs alike.  Whether you want to settle down and read Labrador books on our comfy couch, or get down and dirty with archival documents (with your clean/gloved hands, of course!), we're happy to help you out.

What should I know about your reading room?

Our reading room is open during our regular business hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30, closed for lunch from 12-1) and there are certain rules you should follow when using the reading room. Read them here. Don't let the rules scare you away though - they're plenty easy to follow!

Can I have a photo from the archive?

Our standard rate is $25 plus tax per photo for a digital image. Special requests may be decided on a case-by-case basis by our Archives Committee. Some photos are restricted and can not be sold.

$25?! That’s a lot of money! Why so much?

Them Days' $25 fee to purchase a digital copy of a photo is in-line with other archives around the province and the country.  A lot goes into storing photos and keeping them organized. We pay for staff to scan them, for the equipment they are scanned on. They are kept on computers, which need to be backed up regularly, and the originals are kept in professional climate-controlled facilities.  We also pay for cloud storage so that even if the building burns down or is washed away in a flood, the pictures still exist, digitally. We keep up-to-date finding aids that help us find exactly what you're looking for, and that takes staff time. If we don't have image identification, we do our best to track it down. We need to pay for electricity to keep the facilities stable, for staff time and expertise, insurance, security, archival storage materials, electronic equipment for backup, Internet access, etc. It isn't as simple as it seems at first glance.  Your $25 fee does not line well-padded pockets--it keeps a non-profit organization open for the benefit of you and others.

If you’re interested in more information about archives generally, Dalhousie University Libraries has a great Guide to Archival Research with explanations of What’s the Difference Between Archives and Libraries?, How to Handle Archival Materials and How to Cite an Archival Source. It’s a great place to learn more, so check it out!

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