Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) preserves the documentary heritage of Canada and is a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society.
LAC facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge and serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
We are in the process of integrating our services and information with Canada.ca.
The official Library and Archives Canada website remains available.
Our services and information
More and more Canadians are taking an interest in their ancestors' history. Learn more about the basics of genealogical research and the resources available at Library and Archives Canada, including censuses.
Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of records of the Canadian men and women who have served their country in the military. A major project is underway to digitize the records of about 640,000 people who served Canada in the First World War, and some of them are already available for consultation online.
Library and Archives Canada has many treasures that reflect the country's rich documentary heritage, including more than 250 km of textual records, 30 million photographs, 3 million maps, 550,000 hours of audio and video content, and over 400,000 works of art. Start your search now!
Library and Archives Canada's outstanding collection of documentary heritage reflects the achievements of Canadian society, its history and its culture. See how it continues to grow.
Through legal deposit, all materials produced by Canadian publishers become part of Library and Archives Canada's national collection.
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