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Barkerville and Wells - Library and Archives

The Barkerville Historic Town Library and Archives, which also holds the Wells Historical Society Archives is located at Barkerville Historic Town.

Hours of service:

Best service is by appointment and we strongly encourage you to phone ahead.

Summer Hours ( June 1st to Labour Day)


Seven days a week, 9am to 4pm

Winter Hours


Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm. By appointment only

Closed statutory and civic holidays.

Contact Information:

Barkerville Historic Town
Library and Archives

Box 19
Barkerville, B.C.
V0K 1B0
250 994-3332 (telephone)
250 994-3435 (fax)
e-mail:  Bill Quackenbush

Wells Historical Society Archives
Box 244,
Wells, B.C.,
V0K 2R0
250-994-3422 (June to September)
Contact Barkerville Historic Town for more information.


Using the Archives

A large reading room is open for all in-house research. Drop-in service is available, but students and serious researchers are recommended to make an appointment. No loans are made.  Only pencils and computers are allowed for making notes.  No food, drink and/or ink are allowed in the reading room.  Patrons will be asked to leave coats and bags outside of the reading room.

Here you will find:

  • A computer terminal for searching our database
  • Reference materials
  • Self service materials in microform

How to obtain copies of records

The Barkerville Historic Town and Wells Historical Society Library and Archives receive inquiries by conventional mail, FAX, and electronic means. Due to limited staff, we are unable to undertake extensive research requests. If you have a specific question about a particular subject, individual or archival holding, we will endeavor to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. Please note, however that response time may be affected by heavy workloads. If you are planning a visit or have a time-sensitive project, please keep this in mind. A search and report service may be available for a fee, provided there are personnel and/or contractors available.

If you are sending your inquiry electronically, please include your e-mail and mailing address in the body of your correspondence so we can respond appropriately. If you live in the area, please also include your telephone number.

Tips for writing an effective inquiry:

  • Ask a specific question. What information or document are you trying to locate?

  • For inquiries concerning an individual, include identifying details such as full name, dates, places, people and/or companies they may have worked for in the past, etc.

  • Mention any Barkerville Historic Town and Wells Historical sources you have already consulted, so that we do not duplicate your research.

  • Inform us of any previous contact with a staff member. This will prompt us to verify our files and avoid any duplication of research.

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