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Departmental Library

The Departmental Library offers a full range of services to employees at headquarters and in the regions. The Library also serves Aboriginal peoples and Northerners, other government departments, researchers, academics, consultants and the general public.

The Collections

The focal points of the Library's collections are Canadian Aboriginal people and the Canadian North. Other subject areas include Canadian history and law, economic development, governance, the environment, management, public administration, information management and information technology.

We welcome and encourage your suggestions of items we should purchase for our collections. To make a suggestion, contact the Library's Research Desk at (819) 997 0811 or

Library and Archives Canada Record Group 10 (RG 10)

The Departmental Library has microfilm copies of historical records related to Indian Affairs created by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and its predecessors. The originals of these records are held at Library and Archives Canada in their Record Group 10  . Visitors may use the Departmental Library's microfilm collection to print images or download them to CD-ROM. There is no charge for printing or downloading. It should be noted that this microfilm collection does not include any protected records (i.e. containing personal or confidential information). These protected records are only available at Library and Archives Canada.

Virtua - the AANDC Library Catalogue

Virtua, the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Library Catalogue provides access to Departmental Library collections, as well as to a number of special research collections at headquarters and in the regions.

Virtua is available to both AANDC employees and members of the general public.

The general public may search Virtua by logging on as a Guest.

Employees who are registered with the Departmental Library may use their library barcode as their patron ID and password to log on to Virtua and access additional features. They can access their library account information, renew loans, and request items online to be sent through the departmental mail service. If you do not know your barcode number or do not have one, contact the Library's Circulation Desk at (819) 997-0799 or

For help using Virtua, or to arrange a training session, contact the Research Desk at (819) 997-0811 or

Research Desk

Using a wide variety of information resources, the Research Librarians can provide information related to the work of the department. Parliamentary and legislative information is also available.

The Research Librarians can advise you on how to carry out in depth research in the Library's collections and can make referrals to other parts of the department, and to other libraries.

AANDC eLibrary

This service is available to employees only.

The AANDC eLibrary provides employees with desktop access to more than 100 online research tools, including specialized web sites and CD ROMs for which the Departmental Library has licences. The AANDC eLibrary includes full-text and citation databases, parliamentary and legislative sources, more than 10,000 eBooks, online dictionaries, translation guides, as well as other tools. Employees must be logged on to the AANDC network to access the AANDC eLibrary.

For more information, contact the Research Desk at (819) 997-0811 or

Borrowing from the Library

All departmental employees may borrow from the Library. Other clients are welcome to borrow through an interlibrary loan set up through their own office, public or school library.

You can borrow all material from the Library's collections except reference books, rare items, statutes, and some parliamentary publications. Books can be borrowed for four weeks. Government documents and magazines are loaned for one week. DVDs are loaned for five days. Some language learning material is loaned for 60 days.

Employees can request many items electronically through Virtua. These items will be sent through the departmental mail service. Employees can also ask to be put on a waiting list for new items that are on order or for items on loan to other employees. Loan renewals may be possible for items that have not been requested by another client. For loans, renewals and waiting lists, contact the Circulation Desk at (819) 997 0799 or

Interlibrary Loans

This service is available to employees only.

If you cannot find what you need in our collections, we can arrange loans and photocopies from other libraries. For interlibrary loans, call (819) 994 1347 or e-mail

Magazine and Journal Routing

This service is available to employees at headquarters only.

Many of the Library's 400 current magazine and journal subscriptions are available for routing to employees at headquarters. When you are placed on the routing list for a title, each new issue is automatically loaned to you for several days.

To obtain lists of the Library's current magazines and journals, contact the Research Desk at (819) 997 0811 or

Come Visit Us

We give regular library tours to show clients how the Library's collections and services can help them in their work and research. If you would like to participate in a library tour, contact the Research Desk at (819) 997 0811 or

The Departmental Library is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Departmental Library
Room 1400 14th floor
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H4

Departmental Librarian
(819) 997 8205

Research Desk
(819) 997 0811

Circulation Desk
(819) 997 0799

Interlibrary Loans
(819) 994 1347

(819) 997 0811

(819) 953 5491

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