Comparing AMICUS

Transition to OCLC services

(April 2018) Library and Archives Canada has launched its new National Union Catalogue, Voilà. Use it to search the combined catalogues of Canadian libraries.

AMICUS remains the primary source for Library and Archives Canada’s cataloguing records until October 2018. More information about the transition from AMICUS to OCLC is available online.

AMICUS is available with and without registration, in either case it is free of charge.  The comparative table below highlights the differences between the two types of access.

AMICUS without registration

  • Search the entire database or the collection of Library and Archives Canada.
  • Use basic and advanced search techniques.
  • Sort your search results by author, title and date.
  • Save your search results to create a bibliography or a list.
  • Email your search results.
  • Locate which Canadian libraries have the items you need.

AMICUS with registration

You can register for the following free services at any time:
  • Personalize AMICUS; create a profile with your preferred indexes, displays, libraries, etcetera.
  • Display and download records in MARC format.
  • Search authorities.
  • Access the entire database using your local Z39.50 software.

Table 1:  Comparison of AMICUS with and without registration

​Service Without registration​ ​With registration
Free service​ ​Yes ​Yes
Password required ​No ​Yes
Access entire AMICUS database​ Yes ​Yes
Basic and advanced searching​ ​Yes ​Yes
​Command searching ​​No ​​Yes
Authority searching​ ​No ​Yes
Sort search results​ ​Yes ​Yes
Save search results​ ​Yes ​Yes
Email search results​ ​Yes ​Yes
Display and download MARC format records​ ​No


Personalize indexes, displays, etc.​ ​No ​Yes
Access entire database via Z39.50​ ​No ​Yes
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