Beaton Institute

About Us

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.

The Beaton Institute is located in CE-267 (Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre), adjacent to the Cape Breton University Art Gallery and the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre. The Institute is wheelchair accessible, and parking is available with a $1.00 per day charge.

CLOSURE NOTICE: Following the directive of Cape Breton University in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Beaton Institute is closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 until further notice.

Staff are currently working remotely and are available to assist as best they can. Card catalogues and physical holdings are currently inaccessible, however digital resources and research aids are available here: For research assistance please contact We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding as this situation continues to evolve.

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed to the public
Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (Closed for lunch)
Friday: 10:00 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

The Beaton Institute is closed when the Cape Breton University is closed for holidays or campus closures. If you are planning a visit, please review the Important Dates calendar.

CBU Students, Faculty and community members are encouraged to contact us at to make appointments at any time throughout the week during the academic terms.

Please note: Our microfilm-scanner must be booked before use; two-hour time slots are available. Email in advance of your visit for more information.

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