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.

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 will be closed to the public and researchers on the following days to accommodate events:

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Reference service and access to records will not be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


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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