Making copies when visiting LAC

When making copies at a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) research room, you must follow the rules in the User Agreement to protect materials for future use.

Most of LAC's collection is open for viewing. However, you may not be able to view or make copies of some of the collection (see Restrictions on viewing and copying material, as well as Terms and conditions).

You may also order copies online.

Copying equipment

You may use the equipment below to make copies. Some equipment may only be used during service hours when staff are available.

Photocopiers

You may make photocopies from published material (such as books, magazines, or newspapers). You are not allowed to photocopy archival documents, rare books or fragile material.

Copies are 20 cents per page if you make them yourself; 40 cents per page if staff make them for you. You may use coins or buy copy cards from the service desk of the Textual Documents Consultation Room during service hours.

Microform printers and scanners

You may print paper copies from microfilm and microfiche in the Microform Consultation Room during service hours. Copies are 20 cents per page if you make them yourself; 40 cents per page if staff make them for you. You may use coins or buy copy cards from the service desk of the Textual Documents Consultation Room during service hours.

You may save scanned images to your own USB key for free during service hours. Scans cannot be emailed to yourself as the computers are not connected to the internet.

Cameras and tripods

You may take pictures of material with your own camera after you get staff approval. Complete the consent form and get approval during service hours.

You may photograph rare books that are not fragile if you don't use a flash.

You may borrow tripods from the service desk during service hours, which may be used at any time. You may use your own tripod if you get approval during service hours.

Scanners for archival material

As part of LAC's DigiLab initiative, staff will train you to use the onsite scanners to copy substantial amounts of archival materials for large projects. The digital images and descriptions that you create will be added to LAC's website. Contact DigiLab before your visit so LAC can assess and prepare the material.

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