MRDS is no longer being offered. Please see information below on accessing MARC 21 Records for Government of Canada Publications, Canadian Subject Headings (CSH), Répertoire de vedettes-matière (RVM), and Canadiana Name Authorities.
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Published Heritage Branch
Library and Archives Canada
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Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
Other online sources
LAC MARC 21 for Government of Canada Publications
LAC continues to offer MARC 21 records for Government of Canada publications. For more information, please refer to LAC MARC 21 for Government of Canada Publications.
Canadian Subject Headings
Free, up-to-date access to records providing in-depth coverage of Canadian topics, including those recently in the news. Coverage focuses on the Canadian cultural, economic, historical, literary, political, and social experience. The CSH web interface was decommissioned in April 2019. As of April 2019, access is via secure FTP. Libraries may choose to download either complete or updated CSH files. Complete files are available monthly. Updated files are available biweekly. To request FTP credentials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please refer to Canadian Subject Headings (CSH).
Répertoire de vedettes-matière (RVM)
This online database offered by Université Laval provides French language subject headings. The RVM Web site offers more information about products and prices.
Canadiana Name Authorities
LAC is now a member of the Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) and adds English language name authorities to the NACO file. The name authority files are visible in OCLC’s WorldShare Management System. For questions about English language name authorities, or for access to the Canadiana Name Authorities in French file via secure FTP, please contact Library and Archives Canada (LAC) at email@example.com.