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Booking Archives Services

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you are interested in visiting the Archives in person or need assistance starting your research, review the service(s) below for more information and to book online now.​

The Archives is a mask-friendly environment. As research and donation visits can be lengthy and may involve on-going close contact with staff, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask for in-person visits to the Archives. If you feel sick, please stay home, contact us so we can reschedule, and get well.

Simcoe Muskoka’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner, recommends everyone continue to practice prevention measures, such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, staying home when ill, and hand washing.

Virtual Services

Have a research question or need help preparing for an upcoming research visit to the Archives?

Interested in donating your personal or organizational records to the Simcoe County Archives?

In-Person Services

Interested in accessing original records or reference materials at the Simcoe County Archives?

Need to book a time to bring your records to the Archives?

Note: Donation drop-offs cannot be scheduled without first completing a donation assessment interview

Virtual reference interview

A virtual reference interview can be scheduled with Archives staff to discuss a potential research topic or project. Staff will provide information on the fonds, collections, and reference material available at the Archives that may be of use to your research. 

Virtual reference interviews ​​​are available:

  • Monday from 1:00PM-4:00PM
  • Tuesday to Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Interviews last 30 minutes and can be conducted over the phone, or via video call using Microsoft Teams. 

Virtual donation assessment interview

A virtual donation assessment interview with an Archivist to discuss a potential donation of private records to the Simcoe County Archives. This interview is meant to determine whether the material falls within the Archives Collection’s Mandate and to gather information​ about the material.

Virtual donation assessment interviews are available:

  • Monday from 1:00PM-4:00PM
  • Tuesday to Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00P​M ​

Interviews last 30 minutes and can be conducted over the phone, or via video call using Microsoft Teams. Please review the below guidelines before your interview.

​Reading Room appointment

An in-person appointment during which a researcher may review archival material onsite in the Simcoe County Archives Reading Room.

Appointments are available:

  • Monday from 1:30PM-4:00PM
  • Tuesday to Friday with timeslots available​ 9:00AM-11:30AM and 1:30PM-4:00PM

Appointments are 2.5 hours long. If you are interested in staying for the entire day, you must book each timeslot for that day separately. 

Please note: The Archives Reading Room will closed from 11:30AM-1:30PM for extensive cleaning of the workstations and microfilm readers between appointments.

Please review to the following guidelines before your appointment:

​Donation drop-off appointment

An onsite appointment to bring a donation of private records to the Simcoe County Archives. Please note that a donation drop-off appointment can only be scheduled once a Donation Assessment interview has been completed.

Appointments are available:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays with timeslots open at 9:00AM-12:00AM and 1:00PM-4:00PM

Please review to the following guidelines before your appointment.

Booking Help

If you require assistance booking or have a question about the process we are happy to help! Contact Us:


Phone: 705-726-9331