Collections of the Jules Léger Library

Book Collection

Jules Léger Library

The collection's scope covers a wide range of subjects such as foreign relations, international trade, international law, human rights, environment, international affairs, peacekeeping, commercial sectors, and trade promotion. Our collection contains over 50,000 books and is catalogued according to the Library of Congress Classification.

Reference Collection

The reference collection reflects the department's responsibilities in foreign relations, international trade and international security. It includes the most recent editions of almanacs, encyclopaedias, phone directories, statistical publications, biographies, business sources, trade indexes, dictionaries and general country information. Reference material does not circulate.

Microforms Collection

The microforms collection contains over 200,000 entries. It includes numerous newspapers, periodicals, Canadian government publications, United Nations working papers (General Assembly, Security Council, etc.) and documents of other International Organizations (OECD, UNESCO, Official Journal of European Communities) available in microform.

Official Documents Collection

This extensive collection includes more than 550,000 documents from Canadian and foreign governments, the United Nations and many other international organizations. In 2010, a large portion of Departmental documents including Statements and Speeches were digitized and placed in an online portal. The remaining Departmental documents are in the process of addition to the portal.

Periodicals and Newspaper Collection

Our periodicals and newspaper collection holds many major Canadian and international titles. The Library retains newspapers for three months and periodicals adhere to various retention schedules. Recently received issues of periodicals are shelved in the periodicals reading area.

Legal Collection

The legal collection holds major works in international, trade, economic and human rights law. The collection is comprised of texts, bibliographies, case law reports, treaties, and Canadian legislation.

Maps, Travel Books and Atlases Collection

The maps, travel books and atlases collection offers various titles organized by international, national, regional coverage or by theme. City maps, gazetteers, road maps and travel books are also available for consultation or loan.

Jules Léger Collection

Books in the Jules Léger Collection were donated to the department by Léger's wife, Gabrielle. The collection contains books held in Jules Léger's personal collection. Mr. Léger worked for the Department for many years before becoming Governor General of Canada in 1974. For assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

Virtual Library

Available only to departmental staff, the Virtual Library provides desktop access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to over 100 databases of relevance to the information needs of the department.

Databases, CD-ROMs and corporate applications are shared globally. The Virtual Library service was developed to provide universal access for staff to the department's collection of electronic resources.

The Virtual Library currently houses over 100 databases, English and French, from statistical data to working papers of international organizations, maps, travel information, economic and political country reports, as well as providing access to up-to-the minute news sources and political analysis from commercial online service providers.