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For Researchers

The WDM has library and archival resources for researchers interested in Saskatchewan History and Western Canadian History.

George Shepherd Library

The Library provides research services to the WDM’s network in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton. It also answers inquiries from the public. It is located in Saskatoon, SK at the WDM Corporate Office.  Visits are by appointment only.  Our stacks are not available for browsing and our items are non-circulating. Please note that research inquiries may take 2-4 weeks to complete.

Learn more about the Library’s namesake, George Shepherd.

Information for Researchers

WDM Photo Reproduction Fee Schedule

The Library is pleased to offer digital image reproduction and photocopying services.

Please call to confirm we have material that you require.  Our online catalogue contains approximately 9,000 cataloged items that can be retrieved and viewed. Uncatalogued material is not available for public consultation. The Library has the right to restrict material in its collection to ensure its preservation as mandated by the Western Development Museum Act and related policies.

In-Person Research

For in-person research, you must apply and register as a user with the Library.

1) Review the WDM-Library-Research Agreement Guidelines and submit all required information for in-person research visits.

2) Register to use the Library by filling out the form below and returning it by mail or email.

3) Visits to the George Shepherd Library are by appointment only and subject to staff availability. Contact the George Shepherd Library to book an appointment.

Phone: 1-306-934-1400


Saskatchewan Patent Index

Throughout our province’s history, Saskatchewan people have created an amazing variety of devices – everything from kitchen gadgets and personal gear to agricultural and industrial equipment.  The WDM is proud to have a collection rich in Saskatchewan innovations of all shapes, sizes, and types, from oil cans to calculators to the ‘cobalt bomb.’

Also, check out our Made in Saskatchewan Patent Index. Search through a PDF file of all patents filed by Saskatchewan inventors from 1905-1976.

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