Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Library

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Library has one of the largest conservation and museology collections in the world. The collection is regarded as an important resource for conservation and museology literature in Canada. It includes books and journals on a wide range of topics, such as:

  • conservation science
  • preventive conservation
  • paintings conservation
  • textiles conservation
  • paper conservation
  • book conservation
  • photographic conservation
  • objects conservation
  • archaeological conservation
  • industrial collections
  • architectural heritage
  • museum planning
  • preservation in storage and display
  • exhibition design
  • disaster preparedness
  • museum education

Search the CCI Library catalogue and staff bibliography to explore the collection.

The CCI Library also disseminates information by contributing references to BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network.

Library services

The CCI Library supports the research needs of staff at CCI as well as Canadian students and heritage organizations. It is open to the public by appointment.

The CCI Library offers four main services. All services are free for Canadians.

  1. Reference services
    Staff at the library provide instruction on how to use the library's collection, its equipment and the online catalogue. They also assist with bibliographic searches (using the CCI Library catalogue, staff bibliography and BCIN).
  2. Loans
    The CCI Library provides direct loans to Canadian heritage organizations (e.g. museums, libraries, archives, provincial museum associations) and limited interlibrary loans outside of Canada in cases where the library owns the sole copy of an item. With the exception of rare, fragile or reserved materials, reference sources and journals, all materials from the collection are available for loan. Members of the public may request loans from the CCI Library through the interlibrary loan services of their local municipal library.
  3. Photocopying services
    Subject to the terms of the Copyright Act of Canada, photocopies of articles from journals, books, reports and conference proceedings can be sent by mail, email or fax.
  4. Library catalogue
    The CCI catalogue and staff bibliography is available for our on-site and off-site clients.

Visitor and contact information

1030 Innes Road (corner of St. Laurent Boulevard)
Ottawa, ON  K1B 4S7 Canada
Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors must sign in at the security desk on the ground floor and present proof of identity.
613-998-3721 (ext. 157)

The Canadian Conservation Institute Library

Researchers, students, and interested members of the public.
The CCI Library welcomes researchers, students and interested members of the public to its bright, comfortable study space.
Specialized collection in the CCI Library.
The CCI Library is known throughout Canada and internationally as an important source for conservation and museology literature.
Corner lounge showcasing new books.
An attractive corner lounge showcases new books and the most popular current journals, while client workstations provide easy access to the catalogue and other online resources.
Library staff.
Experienced library staff are always willing to answer questions or help with research. Interlibrary loans and photocopying services are also available.

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