Library and Archives Canada

The Parliament of Canada has given Library and Archives Canada (LAC) the mandate to acquire, process and preserve Canada's documentary heritage and make it accessible to the Canadian public. In particular, LAC is mandated to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Owned by all Canadians, the LAC collection reflects the Canadian society. This documentary heritage brings together materials in all types of formats from Canada and around the world that are of interest to Canadians. 

The vast collection, assembled over the past 140 years, includes some 20 millions books; over 250 linear kilometres of government and private textual records; more than 3 million architectural drawings, plans and maps; nearly 5 billion megabytes of information, including thousands of Canadian theses, periodicals and books available online; nearly 30 million photographic images; more than 90,000 films, including short and full-length films, documentaries and silent films; more than 550,000 hours of audio and video recordings; over 425,000 works of art, including watercolours, oil paintings, sketches and miniatures (some dating back to the 1600s) as well as medals, seals and posters; approximately 550,000 pieces of Canadian sheet music, constituting the largest collection of its kind in the world, and documentation relating to Canadian music (including records and recordings in all formats); Canadian postal archives; textual archives for numerous individuals and groups who have contributed to Canada's cultural, social, economic and political development; and Canadian print media from across the country, from dailies and student newspapers to Aboriginal magazines and ethnic community newsletters.  LAC operates primarily in the National Capital Region, but also offers in-person services to the public in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Contact us by phone or online to learn more about our services. Stay connected with us on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and Youtube!

For more information about us or to search our collection online, please visit the Library and Archives Canada website.  

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