Most archival records are publicly accessible, although some are subject to restrictions under the legislation below. Archives staff will advise you of any restrictions.
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Archives are the non-current records of an organization or individual preserved because of their continuing or permanent administrative, financial, legal, evidentiary, informational or historical value.
Archives are unique and therefore irreplaceable. For that reason, researchers are not permitted to enter archival storage areas and must view original records in the presence of City staff. When you come to the Archives to view archival records, staff will assist you in locating the records you need and will bring them to you.
Because archives are one-of-a-kind originals, they must not be removed from the reference area.
Yes, subject to the provisions of the City’s Fees and Charges bylaw and any copyright restrictions, archival materials can be copied. Because some archival records are in fragile condition, photocopying may not be allowed. City staff can advise you of alternatives to copying.
There may be records relating to the history of Coquitlam in the custody of various archival repositories in British Columbia. You can search for these records online:
The following publications are available in the reference collection at the Archives and at the Coquitlam Public Library: