Library and Archives Canada holds a vast collection of Canadian literature, including translations of these works into other languages, as well as a significant collection of Canadian children's literature which includes original children's book illustrations and manuscripts. Library and Archives Canada's holdings also include manuscripts, galley proofs, letters, audio and video recordings, book illustrations, photographs, journals and notebooks. The collections also cover small literary presses, private presses and the book arts and include books and periodicals about Canadian literature and its history.

  1. Databases
  2. Electronic Collection
  3. Research Aids
  4. Virtual Exhibitions


  1. Canadian Poetry Audio Archives
  2. Electronic Collection: A Virtual Collection of Monographs and Periodicals (Archived)
  3. History of the Book in Canada (Archived)
  4. Home Children – Boards of Guardians
  5. Home Children – Immigration Records
  6. PIKA: Canadian Children's Literature Database (Archived)

Electronic Collection

  1. Beyond the Letters: A Retrospective of Canadian Alphabet Books (Archived)
  2. Canadian Poetry Archive (Archived)
  3. Finding Out About Native Canadian Women Writers Published in English (Archived)
  4. Gabrielle Roy (Archived)
  5. Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art (Archived)
  6. Impressions: 250 Years of Printing in the Lives of Canadians (Archived)
  7. New Wave Canada: Coach House Press and the Small Press Movement in English Canada in the 1960s (Archived)
  8. Out of This World: Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (Archived)
  9. Stephen Leacock: Humorist and Educator (Archived)
  10. The Art of Illustration: A Celebration of Contemporary Children's Book Illustrators (Archived)

Research Aids

  1. Children's Literature Service (Archived)
  2. File History Cards, 1872-1984
  3. From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History (Archived)
  4. Home Children, 1869-1930
  5. Immigration Documents
  6. Jacob M. Lowy Collection
  7. Literary Archives: A Guide to the Literary Fonds at Library and Archives Canada
  8. Rare Book Collection
  9. Read Up On It (Archived)
  10. Residential School Records Resources
  11. Resources for Researchers
  12. TD Summer Reading Club

Virtual Exhibitions

  1. A Real Companion and Friend: The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King (Archived)
  2. Beyond the Funnies: The History of Comics in English Canada and Quebec (Archived)
  3. Bon appétit! A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks (Archived)
  4. Canada: A Literary Tour (Archived)
  5. Canadian Writers (Archived)
  6. First Nations
  7. Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica 1981 Exhibition Catalogue (Archived)
  8. Inuit
  9. Métis
  10. Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill (Archived)
  11. Tales from the Vault! Canadian Pulp Fiction 1940-1952 (Archived)
  12. Writing - Celebrating Women's Achievements