Where to start

​If you need help deciding how to search Library and Archives Canada's collections, please see the options below.

Genealogy and Family History

Interested in researching your genealogy and family history? Visit our Ancestors Search page for a list of databases and other research tools.

Collection Search

Are you looking for records from governmental and private sources, including textual records, published materials, maps, works of art, photographs, videos and films, sound recordings, architectural drawings, stamps, medals and globes? Search our holdings in Collection Search.

Library Collection

Do you want to search for books, journals, magazines, newspapers, music, videos, theses, maps, and other published materials held at Library and Archives Canada? Try our library catalogue, Aurora.

National Union Catalogue

Would you rather search the published holdings of thousands of participating Canadian libraries and institutions all at once? Use Voilà, our National Union Catalogue.


Do you want to access digitized images of photographs, maps, art, architectural drawings, stamps and objects in Library and Archives Canada's collections? Use Collection Search.

Still not sure where to start?

Try Collections Search to search in multiple collections at the same time.

If you have any questions about how to search or where to start, please contact us.

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