About AMICUS

Library and Archives Canada’s transition to OCLC services

(October 2017) Now that the transition to a new catalogue for Canadian library holdings with the cooperative Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is underway, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is no longer adding or updating records from most Canadian libraries in AMICUS.

AMICUS remains operational at this time, and LAC will continue to add its own records, as well as those of institutions specializing in materials for clients with print disabilities, until approximately the fall of 2018.

For further information, please see Questions and answers for National Union Catalogue libraries in light of LAC’s contract with OCLC.

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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