Beaton Institute Archives

The Beaton Institute is the official repository for historically significant records of Cape Breton University. Additionally, the Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. It is a centre for local, regional, national, and global research and strives to promote inquiry through innovative academic and public programming initiatives. CBU Students and Faculty are encouraged to contact us at to make appointments at any time throughout the week during the academic terms.

Reading Room and Public Reference Desk Hours

Monday: Closed to the public (Open to all CBU students, faculty, and staff)
Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (Closed for lunch)
Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (Closed for lunch)

Staff Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Holiday Schedule

Please note: the Public Reference Desk will be closed for the December Break from December 18, 2017 until January 8, 2018, reopening Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

The Beaton Institute is closed when the Cape Breton University campus is closed for holidays or because of inclement weather. If you are planning a visit, please review the Important Dates calendar for closings or special events.

Search the Digital Archives & Digital Collections

Please note:

  • We are located in CE-267 (Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre).
  • The Beaton Institute is wheelchair accessible.
  • Parking is available with a $1.00 per day charge.
  • Our microfilm-scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. Email Anne at in advance of your visit for more information.


General Inquiries
CE-267 (Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre)

1250 Grand Lake Rd.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

Phone: (902) 563-1329
Fax: (902) 562-8899