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Z39.50 Initialization
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Before you start searching, your Z39.50 client software must first connect to AMICUS. Use the information below to set up the connection to AMICUS. For detailed information, see the Z39.50 Guide.

  • Server name / Description: AMICUS Z39.50 or NLC Z39.50
  • Domain name / Server address: amicus.collectionscanada.ca (
  • Port: 210
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Database: see the box below to choose from the 9 databases in AMICUS. You must be registered with an AMICUS username and password to use all these databases except the "NL" (National Library of Canada database).

Database Description
ANY Complete AMICUS database (includes all records below except authorities, see "AU")
UC Union Catalogue bibliographic records with holdings from 500+ Canadian libraries
NL National Library of Canada bilbiographic records
LC Library of Congress bibliographic records
FS Federal Service: 3 Canadian federal government libraries: Finance Treasury Board, Health Canada. Health Protection Branch, Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
NA National Archives of Canada records
NFB National Film Board of Canada records
SE CONSER authenticated serial records from OCLC
AU Canadiana authority records (excluded from ANY database)

Note: During initialization you may need to input a default record display (eg. MARC).

Problems Connecting to AMICUS

The National Library cannot troubleshoot specific Z39.50 client software problems. Use the guidelines below to diagnose the problem and then contact your Z39.50 software vendor for support.

  • Host Not Found: Your Z39.50 client is unable to locate the AMICUS Z39.50 server. Check the "Server Address" / "Domain Name" (see above). If correct confirm that your "Domain Name Server" is working correctly. Check if your network uses a firewall; it may be preventing Z39.50 traffic.
  • Connection Refused: Your Z39.50 client was able to locate the AMICUS Z39.50 server but did not allow a connection. The AMICUS database could be down for maintenance. Check that your AMICUS username and password are still valid. Some Z39.50 clients do not display errors being returned.