The BC Archives research library houses a unique collection of approximately 72,000 books, pamphlets, serials, directories, newspapers and other publications documenting the history and culture of British Columbia. Many are rare and record the first explorations, colonization and development of the province. You can search our library collection online.
The BC Archives has an extensive collection of community newspapers on microfilm, a list of which you can view here. The collection is strong in the areas of political science, public administration, economics, statute law and British Columbia and Canadian history. The extent of the holdings is approximately 11,000 reels of newspapers on microfilm.
Microfilmed newspaper holdings at the BC Archives Reference Room are available for research on a self-serve basis only. The collection does not include major twentieth-century Vancouver and Victoria daily newspapers; researchers are advised to contact public libraries, university libraries, or the Legislative Library of British Columbia for these materials.
Legislative Library of British Columbia, located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada provides reference and research services for the Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and their staffs. Its facilities are extended to the general public provided there is no conflict with the needs of legislative officials and their staff.
From Tuesday April 25th to Thursday April 27th our online library catalogue will be unavailable due to a system upgrade.
We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.