Voilà, the National Union Catalogue, is a single point of access to the collections of libraries across Canada. Included are books, magazines, maps, music, and more, including works in special format (e.g., braille, large print, talking books, captioned videos, etc.), for persons who are print- or hearing-impaired.
Voilà is hosted by OCLC, an international nonprofit library cooperative.
Contributing records to Voilà
By subscribing to OCLC services, Canadian libraries can contribute to Voilà and help to provide a single window for Canadians and researchers from around the world seeking access to Canadian library collections. Information on subscribing to OCLC services can be obtained by contacting
LAC-funded subscriptions for small public and academic libraries
LAC-funded subscriptions for OCLC copy cataloguing (including the sharing of holdings) and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available on the
questions and answers page.
Libraries wishing to search Voilà using Z39.50 for
ILL purposes may do so free of charge. To receive the Z39.50 configuration settings,
please register with OCLC.
Libraries wishing to download MARC21 records from Voilà via Z39.50 for copy cataloguing will need a full OCLC cataloguing subscription. For further details, contact
questions and answers page contains more information about other copy cataloguing and
Database services for clients with disabilities
People with print disabilities who cannot read standard print due to low vision, learning disabilities or physical disabilities that prevent them from physically holding a book, require publications in alternative formats such as braille, large print, audio and electronic text. Voilà contains records for works in alternative formats held across Canada, providing locations in support of interlibrary loans for Canadian libraries. This is a very important service, since only a small percentage of Canadian works are available in alternative formats.
In addition, producers who create alternative-format titles send bibliographic information about their intended productions to LAC, which creates pre-publication records; these pre-publication records are called Canadian Works in Progress (CANWIP). Other producers may search the national union catalogue prior to starting production of an alternative-format title, in order to avoid duplication of effort.
information on searching Voilà is available online, along with a
For technical questions about using Voilà, contact
For questions about joining Voilà or becoming an OCLC member, contact
For other questions about services to Canadian libraries, contact