Access and Outreach

The mandate of the BC Archives is to preserve records of enduring value to the province so that they remain accessible to the public. You can access records in person or remotely or learn more about our services and collections at workshops, tours, community events and exhibitions.


The BC Archives provides access to records in many ways. Clients can access descriptions of archival records, library materials, and vital event registrations by using our online collections databases. Where available, digitized versions of records have been attached to their descriptions. Our goal is to make as many records as possible available online.

Our staff are available to assist researchers and provide copying services. On site, we can assist clients with their research and retrieve records for visitors. We also respond to remote inquiries, directing researchers to resources and collections at the BC Archives.


We promote our services and collections to the public through events, exhibitions, tours and workshops. We participate in community events across British Columbia to educate the public about our services and the types of records we hold. Staff provide tours of our facility and develop workshops to teach people about our collections, how to use the BC Archives, and a variety of research topics. We also create engaging exhibitions and displays in the Royal BC Museum and Archives’ gallery and display spaces about key collections in our holdings and the work we do.


If you have any questions about our services or collections, please contact us.

If you plan on visiting the BC Archives, please plan a visit.

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