How to Consult Material that Is Not Yet Available Online

For Archival Material – Use Archives Search

When searching for archival material (i.e., diaries, photographs etc.), use Archives Search. You will be able to search database records, known as “archival descriptions”. Sometimes the contents of the record have not yet been digitized. When this is the case, use one of the following methods to consult the material:

For Published Material – Use Library Search/AMICUS

When searching for published material (i.e., books, newspapers, etc.), use either our Library Search or, for more search features, use our AMICUS catalogue. The search results will often be database records (known as “bibliographic records”) and not full-text online documents. There are three ways you may consult the material:

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!

12 thoughts on “How to Consult Material that Is Not Yet Available Online

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  8. I am a family history researcher who does not live in Ottawa, and I often require my public library to order in books and microfilm through the ILL system. Will I still be able to get materials through my public library after Feb 15, 2013? If not, isn’t LAC denying all Canadians rightful access to non-digitized materials relating to their heritage? It makes no sense to tell a researcher he has to wait 6 months for some material he needs right away, and in my opinion, not everyone has the ability to jump on a plane from B.C. just to visit LAC in Ottawa. All materials should be available to all Canadians, (which I believe is the current mandate of LAC), at least until they are digitized!
    Awaiting your reply,
    Shirley

    • Thank you for your question. Please rest assured that your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate division. Further details about the dates for last loans, renewals and returns will be announced later this year and Library and Archives Canada will collaborate with other organizations to foster resource sharing across Canada. More details will be announced later this fall.

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