The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections is the principal repository for rare books, archives, antiquarian maps, and related historical material for the McMaster University Libraries in support of teaching, education, and scholarship. For more information about the Division's history, mission, and collecting areas, please visit our About page.
Please select a research area from above to begin browsing the collection or refer to our other useful links on the left hand side to get started.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (4:45, when the Library closes at 5 pm). Last retrieval is at 4:30pm.
Please see below for upcoming exceptions to regular hours or check the library calendar.
Closure: The Archives and Reading Room is closed through the 16-27 April 2018, re-opening 30 April 2018. The Archives and Reading Room will also be closed Monday, 14 May 2018.
As of Monday 16th April, the Bertrand Russell collections — the Bertrand Russell Archives, Bertrand Russell Library, and Russell Supporting Library — will be unavailable for research use. They will remain inaccessible until the opening of the new Bertrand Russell Archives and Research Centre in June—the date will be announced soon.
Mills Memorial Library,
Lower Level, Room LB 101
1280 Main St. W.,
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 22789
Fax: 905-522-0691; when faxing, please address to "Research Collections".