Visiting the Archives

All visitors require a research pass to enter the Public Archives, located in the Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor (175 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE). On your first visit you will be asked to complete a registration form and provide identification (eg. driver's license, institutional photo ID, or government-issued address-bearing card). Each time you visit the Archives you will be asked to sign in and provide your pass number to staff at the Reference Desk. 

All visitors to the Hon. George Coles Building must also sign in at the Security Desk on the main level.


The Reading Room and accessing material

The Reading Room is your point of access when visiting the Public Archives. Staff will introduce you to the resources, provide instruction in the proper handling and use of archival material and equipment, retrieve material, and suggest possible sources that may be of interest to your research.

You are welcome to access and retrieve material in the Reading Room yourself (eg. microfilm, finding aids, and reference material).  

Archival documents are held in storage areas and can be requested with a retrieval slip. Most documents can be retrieved upon request but records stored off-site require a delay of 24-48 hours. There is also no retrieval from basement storage during evening hours. Material can be requested in advance by telephone (902) 368-4290, email, or in person. Records may be held for you if you plan to use them again within 48 hours. There is no retrieval of any stored material later than 15 minutes prior to closing time.

Some materials may be unavailable for reasons of preservation, privacy, or donor agreements. Please see staff for more information.


Computer and Internet access

Two public access computers are available in the Reading Room. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet although there is limited access to power outlets. Wireless access is available for researchers. Users are reminded that although it is an encrypted wireless network, the Archives cannot ensure the safety of the connection or your computer while you are connected to the Public Archives wireless network. 


Cell phones

Please turn your cell phone to silent or vibrate when in the Reading Room. If you need to make or take a call, please step into the foyer to do so.

Published date: 
May 21, 2015
Education and Lifelong Learning

General Inquiries

The Archives is taking COVID-19 precautions. 
There is a limit of five (5) researchers permitted in the Reading Room at one time. Researchers are asked to book an appointment in advance by calling 902-368-4290 or emailing Limited walk-in bookings may be available on a first come, first served basis.

Public Archives and Records Office
Atlantic Technology Centre (ATC), Suite L20
176 Great George Street
PO Box 1000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7M4

Phone: 902-368-4290
Fax: 902-368-6327

Starting October 13, 2020:

Monday, Closed
Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm
Thursday evening, 5pm-7:30pm