Library and Archives

Library and Archives Services

The Library and Archives of the Canada Science and Technology Museum is open to the public and offers a variety of services, including reference, interlibrary loans, and reproduction.

Visiting the Library

You may consult books, rare books, periodicals, trade literature, and archival materials in person by visiting the Library and Archives at 2380 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario.

Wireless Internet is available, and visitors can use their own cameras to copy items for research purposes.

Before visiting, it’s recommended that you email to make an appointment. Appointments are mandatory if you wish to consult archival materials or trade literature.


Reference or other questions about the history of science and technology in Canada should be sent by email to or by letter to:

Library and Information Services
Canada Science and Technology Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3

Telephone: 613-991-2982

Interlibrary Loans

The Library offers an interlibrary loan service, and will loan items to participating institutions in North America.

Please provide as many details as possible about the item you wish to borrow, including your original source. This will make finding the item easier. The loan period is 4 weeks.

The Library may refuse to loan any item, and will not loan any items judged to be too valuable or too fragile.

Reference material, CD-ROMs, rare books, archival material, trade literature, and periodicals are not available for interlibrary loan.


The Library will scan, photograph, or photocopy photographs, drawings, or other documents on a fee-for-service basis.

Inquiries about reproduction should be addressed to

Before sending your request, please read the Library’s Reproduction Policy, Terms and Conditions and consult the current list of Reproduction Fees.

The Library may refuse to reproduce items, particularly if they are in fragile condition or if reproduction appears to violate Canadian copyright laws.

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