About AMICUS

Library and Archives Canada signs agreement with OCLC

(March 2017) Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to replace AMICUS and the National Union Catalogue with OCLC services. This transition will occur over the next 24 months, and should be completed in 2019. 

Please note that the current interface will remain operational until the transition to OCLC is complete. LAC will inform you about any major changes to the interface.

For further information, please see LAC’s information page.

What is AMICUS?

AMICUS is a free national catalogue listing the holdings held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) as well as those located in over 1300 libraries across Canada.  AMICUS contains over 30 million records for books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, theses, sound recordings, maps, electronic texts as well as items in braille and large print.

Why should I use AMICUS?

AMICUS can save you time and money. It's free of charge and searchable anytime. Better still, AMICUS saves you time searching multiple catalogues by bringing together millions of records from hundreds of Canadian libraries. If it's not in a library near you, consult your local library for interlibrary loan services available to you. Here are a few examples of how AMICUS can help you.

Benefits for researchers, students and teachers

  • Locate theses, government documents and other items not available in your local library.
  • Identify websites, e-texts and other electronic sources available free or for a fee.
  • Build bibliographies or other lists and email them to yourself or others.
  • Discover your family history using genealogical sources.

Benefits for libraries

  • Find authorities and Canadian subject headings.
  • Copy and download records.

Do I need to register?

AMICUS is available with and without registration; in either case it is free of charge. You can register for additional free services at any time. Check our comparison table to see whether registration suits your needs.

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