Location & Parking
When planning your visit to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, please contact us prior to making the trip in order to discuss your research needs with one of our staff members. This will help us to determine if the materials we house will meet those needs and to retrieve them from storage before your visit. Since some of the Center's materials are housed off campus at the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository in Perrysburg, Ohio, we request that you provide at least 72 hours' notice of your visit.
The Canaday Center is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the intensive nature of archival research, we recommend arriving no later than 4:30 to make the best use of your valuable time.
The Canaday Center is located on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library in the middle of the University of Toledo's main campus. Recommended parking includes surface lots 10 and 13 and the West Ramp parking garage. To view the campus map, click here.
Guest parking passes are $3/day and can be purchased by clicking here. They are the equivalent of a C permit. Metered parking is also available for short visits.
Note that during the summer of 2016, construction on Stadium Drive will prevent traffic from entering campus from West Bancroft Street. Alternative entrances include West Tower View, off Secor Road, South Tower View from Door Street, or East Rocket Drive off Douglas Road. The West Ramp parking garage is also closed between May and August for repairs.
When you enter the Library, you will pass the Circulation Desk on your right as you head straight toward the elevators. Take an elevator to the fifth floor and turn left towards a set of doors that leads to the Art Gallery/Quiet Study area. The Canaday Center is to your left. Enter the exhibit area and follow the signs to the Reading Room where you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members.