Special Collections

Special and archival collections in university libraries are valuable assets to their parent organizations, serving as primary sources for scholarship activity, attracting researchers and funding, engaging communities, enhancing reputations, and enriching student learning. However, special collections occupy space, require specialist staff and equipment and may not necessarily be well used or valued by their parent institutions.

Initiatives and Resources

CARL aims to support the development, maintenance and management of special collections that meet the resource needs of researchers, students and other library stakeholders.

  • CARL completed a survey of Special Collections at CARL Libraries (September 2012) to gain a better understanding of the nature and operations of special collections in Canadian research libraries – now, and in the future.
  • A presentation (May 2013) was made at the Canadian Library Association Conference in Winnipeg, MB.

Related Initiatives