Paterson Hall is named after Norman Paterson, one of Canada’s longest serving senators whose generous financial support helped to develop Carleton’s world-renowned programs in international affairs.

Here you’ll find the College of Humanities, the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, the Institute for African Studies, the CAEL Office and the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

A branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia is located on the lower level.

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Accessibility Guide

Designated Parking

Three designated parking spaces near the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Exterior Entrance

Ground level entrance from the southeastern side of building near the Bank of Nova Scotia, and ramp from quad to second level. Automatic doors.

Tunnel Access

Tunnel entrance to level 1. Automatic doors.


One semi-accessible elevator.


Inaccessible washrooms on all levels. Accessible washroom designated for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities at tunnel entrance.


Pay phones on second level are accessible.

Classroom Areas

Classrooms and labs are generally accessible. Minor modifications are needed for some – i.e. desks with knee clearance for wheelchair users.

Study Areas

There is a small study/lounge area on each level.


Vending machines at tunnel junction and closest cafeteria/lounge facilities are in the University Centre.

Existing Obstacles

No accessible washrooms in the building; no emergency phones above the second level.


When using language labs, students may wish to request a booth which can accommodate a wheelchair. Students should get their own key to the accessible washroom at tunnel entrance from the Paul Menton Centre at the beginning of the academic year.