Hours and Location

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The BC Archives is located in downtown Victoria, at 655 Belleville Street, at the corner of Belleville and Government Streets, next to the Royal BC Museum and close to the Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel.

Reference Room Hours

Day Hours
Monday–Friday* (see special closures) 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday (see special closures) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sundays and BC statutory holidays Closed
Staff assistance (in-person and telephone): Weekdays
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Reference Services

Service 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekdays Evenings and Saturdays
Staff assistance (in person) Yes No
Staff assistance (via telephone) Yes No
Registration Yes Yes
Retrieval of original records and publications* Yes No
Camera use (photographic copying) Yes Yes
Printing from self-serve microfilm Yes No
Scanning from self-serve scanners (with purchase of USB stick**) Yes Yes
Printing from computer kiosks Yes No
Access to Microfilm Room Yes Yes

*Retrievals of original records must be placed by 3:30 pm
**You can purchase a USB stick during staff hours or you can bring your own USB. We cannot guarantee that external USB sticks will work on our machines.

Days Closed

October 8
November 12, 14 (3:00 – 8:00 pm)
December 6 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm), 10 – 14, 25, 26

January 1
February 12 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm), 18
April 19, 22
May 20
July 1
August 5
September 2
October 14
November 11
December 25, 26

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