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University of Calgary Calendar 2015-2016 About the University of Calgary Campus Services Libraries and Cultural Resources
Libraries and Cultural Resources

Libraries and Cultural Resources combines the expertise and services of the University's information providers - Institutional Repository, the Nickle Galleries, Special Collections, University Archives, University Library, and the University of Calgary Press - to ensure provision of full access to the best recorded knowledge and creativity in a variety of formats and media.

Institutional Repository

The Institutional Repository is a stable, sustainable model for dissemination of the intellectual output of the faculty, graduate students and research groups affiliated with the University of Calgary. Submission to the repository fulfills granting agency requirements and supports open access. Collections like the Students’ Union Undergraduate Research Symposium and the University of Calgary Theses provide access and exposure for student work alongside faculty research collections. Alumni may request the deposit of their graduate thesis and any accompanying files in the Retrospective Theses Collection while current Graduate Students can submit to the Vault.


Nickle Galleries

Nickle Galleries houses collections of art, numismatics and textiles to support its role as an outstanding centre for exhibitions, academic research and aesthetics. The art collection concentrates on Western Canadian art of the twentieth century incorporating artists of regional and national importance. The numismatic collection’s primary focus is on the ancient Mediterranean region, but also includes paper money and ethnographic numismatic items from around the world. The carpet and textile collection is the largest of any Canadian university museum, comprised of hand-woven carpets and textiles of Central and West Asia. The collections support teaching and research from across the University of Calgary, and are available to visiting scholars and classes by appointment. Nickle Galleries is also central to the minor program in Museum and Heritage Studies offered through Interdisciplinary Programs in the Faculty of Arts.

Originally opened in 1979 as The Nickle Arts Museum, Nickle Galleries initiates the next chapter for the programs and collections first made possible by a bequest to the University of Calgary by Samuel C. Nickle and furthered by the subsequent donation dedicated to numismatics by his son Dr. Carl Nickle. The Nickle Galleries has completed its move to the Taylor Family Digital Library and the High Density Library which places its activities and collections in a new space at the heart of the most vibrant and heavily visited facility on campus – a facility that provides improved conditions and integrated technology to enhance exhibitions and access to collections.

Nickle Galleries promotes critical thinking, visual literacy, and experiential learning through provocative exhibitions, tours, lecture series and symposia. Its programming is centred on modern and contemporary Canadian art, on numismatics, and on carpets and textiles and extends to historic and international art, indigenous heritage, archaeology, anthropology, history, and popular culture. Now a part of the Centre for Arts and Culture, Nickle Galleries is also formally connected to the unique and special research collections held by Libraries and Cultural Resources, and is a catalyst for the promotion and combined use of object-based and textual collections.

Museo, located next to Nickle Galleries, is a museum shop offering a wide selection of unique giftware, stationery and jewellery, in addition to an excellent selection of art publications.

Admission to Nickle Galleries is free for all visitors.

For hours of operation and upcoming events, please contact Nickle Galleries.

Telephone: 403.220.7234
Fax: 403.210.3075

Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections is comprised of Canadian Architectural Archives and Special Collections that together acquire, maintain and provide access to print and archival collections of enduring value to support inquiry, learning, teaching, research and effective record-keeping at the University of Calgary.

Canadian Architectural Archives collects, preserves and ensures access to the records of twentieth-century Canadian architects and architectural firms to support learning and teaching through instruction, reference, exhibitions and publications. Website:;

Special Collections acquires, preserves and makes accessible print and archival collections with a strong focus on Canadian literature, art, music and Western Canadian history. It includes archives of authors like W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler, and Alice Munro, and rare books and incunabla including a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible. Website:; Email:

Special Collections is located within the Centre for Arts and Culture on the 5th floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library. Research services are available Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact Special Collections in advance of your visit since any materials you wish to access will need to be retrieved from our vaults.


University Archives

The University Archives preserves and builds the institutional, administrative, research and cultural heritage of the University of Calgary by acquiring, maintaining, preserving and facilitating access to records of permanent value created and received by university. It also contributes to the development of information management strategies and projects across campus.

The University Archives is located within the Centre for Arts and Culture on the 5th floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library. Research services are available weekdays from 10:00 am–4:30 pm. Please contact the Archives at least one day in advance of your visit since any materials you wish to access will need to be retrieved from our vaults.

Telephone: 403.220.3024

University Library

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) offers students, faculty, and staff easy access to a wealth of research materials, expertise and services. Many of these resources are housed in the six-storey Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL), a unique combination of library, student advising, alumni office, music centre, cafe, archives, special collections and art gallery.

All of these resources come alive with technology that encourages exploration and new ways of learning, making the Taylor Family Digital Library one of the most information-rich facilities in Canada.

The Library is ranked among the largest research libraries in Canada, with a collection that spans over nine million objects including books, journals, maps, artifacts, works of art, rare books, special collections, music scores.

The Learning Commons, located on the first three floors of the TFDL, is the centre of activity for students, faculty, staff and visitors. It is a light-filled area with comfortable furniture, 100 per cent wireless and cellular coverage, collaborative work rooms, individual workstations, and access to plug-ins for laptops.

The upper floors on the TFDL house more than half a million of the latest and most frequently used books, journals and research materials. The Centre for Arts and Culture encourages closer study of fine art and archival materials, while researchers can browse the wealth of resources on performing arts, art, architecture and music. Other distinctive facilities include the Visualization Studio dedicated to supporting faculty research, Spatial and Numeric Data Services providing access to cartographic materials, GIS and statistical data and software, and the Digital Media Commons facilitating the exploration and creation of new media forms.

The Taylor Family Digital Library is located at the heart of the campus, with six branch libraries: Health Sciences Library, Bennett Jones Law Library, Gallagher Library, the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources, the Business Library, the Downtown Campus Library, and The Military Museums Library and Archives.

The University Library is open 90 hours each week, offering access to the resource materials as well as reference assistance, specialized information consulting and instruction in the skills and process of information retrieval and management to equip independent learners for success in the knowledge era.

Library resources and services are also "delivered to your desktop" via our online information system, featuring the Library catalogue, an extensive selection of networked databases, electronic information resources and services for distance learning.

Telephone: 403.220.8895
Fax: 403.282.1218

University of Calgary Press

The University of Calgary Press publishes peer-reviewed scholarly work that makes a difference. We disseminate research that makes us think, that moves the conversation forward. Our books explore a sense of place in western Canada, the relevance of history in our lives, and our impact on the world around us. We publish in print, eBook, and open access formats.

Publishing interests include: Canadian art and architecture, African studies, environment and history; Latin American and Caribbean studies, the West, Northern studies, energy, ecology and sustainability, cinema, and Canadian defence and strategic studies.

U of C Press offices are located on the sixth floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library. Usual business hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 403.220.7578
Fax: 403.282.0085