Do you want to search only LAC collections… or those of many libraries across Canada?

Have you been using Library Search and noticed that you’re seeing results for materials that aren’t actually held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC)? Are you wondering how to limit your search to just materials in LAC’s collection?

Library Search is built on AMICUS, the Canadian national catalogue. As a national catalogue, AMICUS lists published materials held not only at LAC, but also those located in over 1,300 libraries across Canada.The default search option for Library Search is to search everything in AMICUS, not just LAC’s collections. This means that by default, you search all holdings listed in all the libraries that contribute to AMICUS. If you want to search only what LAC holds, change the “Search in:” option to “LAC Catalogue”:

Colour image of the Library Search function in Library and Archives Canada’s Library Search database.

Library Search function in Library and Archives Canada’s Library Search database.

You can also limit your results from the results page using the “Found in:” option on the right-hand side of the search results:

Image of the Library Search function displaying various locations and search result numbers

Image of the Library Search function displaying various locations and search result numbers.

The LAC catalogue does contain a small number of catalogue records for items we do not hold. We include the catalogue records for reference purposes. If you do not see “NLC Copies” near the top of the catalogue record, it is possible we do not hold that item. If you’re unsure whether or not we hold an item, please use our Ask Us a Question form to request clarification.

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

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