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Burnaby Archives

Closed Until Further Notice

City Archives in-person services are unavailable until further notice. City Archives staff will still be available to provide reference services during this time by phone (604-297-4947) and email ( 

Who We Are

The City of Burnaby Archives officially opened in 2001 and is located in the McGill Branch Library. It operates as the official repository for all inactive civic records of permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, historical, evidential and informational value to the City of Burnaby.

The Burnaby Archives houses records dating back to Burnaby's incorporation in 1892. Records include a variety of sources including documents, photographs and maps. The storage area can accommodate 900 lineal meters of material and is equipped with sophisticated environmental controls necessary to preserve archival items.


In 2007, the City of Burnaby Archive expanded its collection mandate to include private as well as public records. On February 14, 2007, an agreement was signed with the Burnaby Historical Society to accept the collection of community records that had been maintained and managed by the Historical Society since the 1950s. That Spring, the records were transferred from the Burnaby Village Museum to their permanent home in the Archives.

What We Do

City of Burnaby Archives preserves as evidence:

  • Public records including functions, legal rights, obligations, policies, decisions, procedures, accountabilities and operations of the City of Burnaby.
  • Private public records including those of elected civic officials, boards and commissions related to the administration of the City
  • Individuals, businesses and organizations with information that contributes to Burnaby’s history.

Contact Us

The City of Burnaby Archives is located in the McGill Branch Library. Public reference services are available from Wednesday to Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment.

For general information, or research assistance, please contact:

Archives Staff

4595 Albert Street (at McGill Public Library)
Burnaby, BC V5C 2G6
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