Home » Literature Online » National Libraries and Archives

National Libraries and Archives

Archives Canada

This website provides the Canadian public with greater access to the documentary heritage held by archives in this country. The Archives Canada national database provides access to: hundreds of individual archival institutions across the country; links to virtual exhibits and photo databases residing on the web sites of individual archives or Provincial/Territorial Councils; and searchable access to these entries with links to participating institutions.

Canadian Poetry Archive

The Canadian Poetry Archive features selected poems from over 100 early English- and French-language Canadian poets. Digitized from public domain anthologies found in the National Library of Canada’s rich literature collection, the poems represent some of Canada’s most notable poetry from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution that combines the collections, services and staff expertise of the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada. Their objective is to provide all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the texts, photographs and other documents that reflect their cultural, social and political development.

Literary and Art Archives (Canadian)

Special Collections has extensive literary archival holdings which contain correspondence, original manuscripts, drafts, research notes, photographs, sound recordings and memorabilia of Canadian writers as well as a growing collection of Canadian visual artists.

The National Bibliography

Canadiana lists and describes a wide variety of publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada. These include books, periodicals, sound recordings, microforms, music scores, pamphlets, government documents, theses, educational kits, video recordings and electronic documents.

Canada’s Digital Collections


Early Canadiana Online

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,253,727 pages of Canada’s printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.

Aboriginal Canada Portal

The Aboriginal Canada Portal provides access to Canadian Aboriginal on-line resources, contacts, information, and government programs and services. The portal offers ease of access and navigation to listings of Aboriginal associations, businesses, organizations, bands, communities, groups, news and peoples.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds a vast collection of Canadian literature, including translations of these works into other languages, as well as a significant collection of Canadian children’s literature which includes original children’s book illustrations and manuscripts. Library and Archives Canada’s holdings also include manuscripts, galley proofs, letters, audio and video recordings, book illustrations, photographs, journals and notebooks. The collections also cover small literary presses, private presses and the book arts and include books and periodicals about Canadian literature and its history.