Step 2. What you can order
You may order copies of items from the collection of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in the formats listed in
Table 1. Digital copies may be sent to you electronically or put on a device (such as a CD, DVD, USB key or hard drive) and shipped to you (see
Prices, time frames and delivery for available devices).
Copies of restricted material cannot be sent electronically, but can be mailed to you.
The quality (or resolution) of digital copies and photographic prints may vary depending on the format. Images are usually made at 300 dots per inch (dpi), but you may ask for a higher resolution on the order form using the special instructions box.
Table 1: Types of material that may be copied and the formats available
You may ask if other formats are available on the order form using the special instructions box.
|Types of material||Formats for copies|
|Architectural drawings and maps|
- photographic print
- photocopy (black and white,18 x 24 inches)
|Art (paintings, stamp-related artwork)|
|Photographs and negatives|
|Sound recordings (cassettes, CDs, reel-to reel tapes and vinyl discs)|
|Text documents (archival records; books, magazines, microforms, theses, and other published material)|
|Videos (Blu-ray discs; DVDs; 16-, 28- and 35-mm films; and VHS tapes) |
- standard definition
- high definition (2K)
- ultra high definition (4K)