Collections of the Jules Léger Library

Book collection

The Library has over 50,000 books about international relations, trade and development, as well as titles on specific countries and regions, law, technology and human rights.

Reference collection

The Library’s reference collection includes recent editions of statistical publications, biographies, business sources, trade indexes, dictionaries and general country information. Reference material does not circulate.

Official documents collection

The official documents collection includes over 40,000 documents from Canadian and foreign governments, the United Nations and other international organizations. In addition, over 34,000 digitized departmental publications are available online. New publications are added to this portal on an ongoing annual basis.

Periodicals and newspapers collection

The Library offers access to many Canadian and international newspapers and periodicals. Current print issues are available in the Library’s reading area.

Legal collection

The legal component of the Library’s collection encompasses major works in international law, including:

Travel collection

The Library offers travel books by country, region and theme, and also houses a small collection of atlases, city maps, gazetteers and roadmaps. The travel collection is available for consultation or loan.

Jules Léger collection

The Jules Léger Library is named in honour of Canada’s 21st Governor General, Jules Léger, whose personal collection of books was donated to the Library. Prior to his appointment as Governor General, Jules Léger had an extensive career in Canada’s diplomatic service that included several ambassador postings. The Jules Léger collection does not circulate.

Library Online

Available only to departmental staff, Library Online provides 24/7 global access to over 90 databases and 80 individual e-journals. If you are a member of the department, and need help accessing Library Online, please contact the Library by phone at 343-203-6150 or by email.

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