D. B. Weldon Library

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Coordinates: 43°00′28″N 81°16′32″W / 43.007712°N 81.275572°W / 43.007712; -81.275572

The D. B. Weldon Library
Type academic library on the University of Western Ontario
Established 1972
Items collected periodicals; books; microfilm; microfiche; Government Publications
Size 8 Million items
Criteria for collection Arts & Humanities, Information & Media Studies and Social Science.
Website Library website
The D. B. Weldon Library

The D. B. Weldon Library is the largest academic library on the University of Western Ontario campus in London, Ontario, Canada, and one of the largest academic libraries in the country.

Colonel D. B. Weldon[edit]

The library is named after Colonel Douglas Black Weldon, who fought in the First World War and commanded the London Regiment of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada during the Second World War. He served on the university's Board of Governors from 1946-1967, and his son David Black Weldon.[1] was Chancellor of the university from 1984-1988.[2] The library of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London is also named after him.[3]


The building itself is "modernist" and "angular", an example of the "new, sharply-planed brutalism" typical of buildings constructed on campus during the 1960s.[4] It was built from 1968-1972 by London, Ontario architects Murphy, Schuller, Green & Martin, and was opened on June 1, 1972. It underwent renovations in 1997-1998 and 2006-2007, and 2008-2011.[5]


Weldon Library serves the faculties of Arts & Humanities, Information & Media Studies and Social Science. Highlights of the collection include materials in the Government Publications Research Collection and an extensive collection of research materials on microfilm and microfiche.[6]

The library has approximately eight million items in print and on microfilm, making it the fourth-largest academic library in Canada.[5] The university archives are also located in the library, along with other special archives, including the Canadian Tire Heritage Collection, and the J.J. Talman Regional Collection, which archives material from throughout southwestern Ontario.[7]

The ground floor contains periodicals and microfilm, and the first floor, where the entrance is located, contains circulation and research desks, as well as archives of government publications. The second through fifth floors contain the main collection of books, as well as reading and study areas.[8]


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