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This natural history collection is one of the oldest in Canada, tracing its beginnings to 1842 with the formation of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Located in the Natural Heritage Building, the Library of the Canadian Museum of Nature contains more than 35,000 books (titles) and 2,000 periodical titles, of which 200 are current subscriptions, as well as:

  • museum publications,
  • cartographic materials,
  • manuscripts,
  • microforms,
  • cassettes,
  • videos
  • CD-ROMs
  • CDs
  • DVDs.

Our collection specializes in the subject areas of interest to the Museum, including

  • biology,
  • biodiversity,
  • botany,
  • conservation and care of collections,
  • ecology,
  • mineral sciences,
  • natural history,
  • paleobiology,
  • wildlife
  • zoology.

The collection is particularly strong in the fields of the Canadian Arctic, ornithology, systematics and taxonomy.

Members of the public and academia, as well as employees of federal and provincial governments are welcome to use our library's collections.

Rare Books

The library also includes a Rare Book Collection that consists of 4,000 pre-20th century monographs, manuscripts and periodicals that cover expeditions, natural history, biological and earth sciences, dating back to the 1500s. An appointment is required to access to the rare book collection. Tel: 613.364.4045

OnLine Library Catalogue

Browse the online catalogue of Nature's library holdings. The online catalogue contains all library holdings catalogued since 1978. Pre-1978 materials must be accessed manually through the card catalogue. Tel: 613.364.4045


All Museum staff, volunteers and associates can use the library collection and borrow material. Members of the public are welcome to use library material on-site only. Reference materials, rare books and the latest issues of serials are for use only in the library. Tel: 613.364.4042

Interlibrary Loans

The interlibrary loan service allows Museum staff to borrow material from other libraries and provides loans to external users through their own libraries. Interlibrary loan request forms must be completed to access this service. Tel: 613.364.4042

Serials (journals or periodicals)

The library subscribes to 200 journals in natural history. Current issues of serials are displayed at the front of the library for one month. Bound and unbound volumes of serials are shelved in call number order on the first floor. Tel: 613.566.4734

Reference Services

Reference staff provide assistance in the use of the library's collections and reference tools, answer queries, and determine which information source or service is best suited to your research needs. Tel: 613.364.4045

Photocopying, Microform Readers, Scanner

A photocopier (fees may apply to external users), microform reader and scanner are available for use in the library.

General Information

Library Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Please note: The library may occasionally be closed during these hours. Please phone ahead to confirm that the library will be open.

Library Location

Natural Heritage Building
1740 Pink Road
Gatineau, Quebec
Tel: 613.364.4042
Fax: 613.364.4026
Email: cmnlib@mus-nature.ca

Mailing Address

Canadian Museum of Nature Library and Archives
P.O. Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 6P4


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