Ordering copies online: Step 3. What you need before you order copies

Step 3. What you need before you order

Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Copyright Services will check for copyright or other restrictions, so this review may affect your deadline. Please allow LAC plenty of time to review your order. Before you order:

Check for a digital copy

Before you order, check the online databases to see if a digital copy already exists. If there is one, you can save it directly to your computer. You can use the order form to request a higher quality copy if needed.

Check the number of pages

LAC cannot count the number of pages in archival boxes or in documents. For example, the reference number that you give for an archival record may refer to a box that holds thousands of pages. LAC recommends that you look at the material onsite before ordering copies.

You may hire a freelance researcher to count the number of pages for you.

If you do not know the number of pages, on the form you can limit the number of pages per item that you will pay for.

Find the title and reference number for the material

For each item you order, find the title and reference number and enter it in the form (see Examples of reference numbers and titles).

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