Consult and borrow library material

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Library has one of the largest conservation and museology collections in the world. The collection is regarded as an important source for conservation and museology literature on a wide variety of topics, such as:

The holdings include a large selection of books on textiles, furniture, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, and archaeological and ethnological objects. Search the Canadian Conservation Institute Catalogue and Staff Bibliography to explore the CCI Library's collection.

The CCI Library also disseminates information by contributing references to BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network.

The CCI Library is open to the public by appointment only.

Library services

The CCI Library offers four main services:

  1. Reference service
    • bibliographic searches (BCIN – conservation database) and
    • instruction on using the library collection, equipment and the web catalogue.
  2. Loans
    The CCI Library provides direct loans to Canadian heritage organizations (i.e. museums, libraries, archives, provincial museum associations) and limited inter-library loan service outside of Canada in cases where the library is the sole location for an item. With the exception of rare, fragile or reserved materials, reference sources, and journals, all materials from the collection are available for loan.
  3. Photocopying service
    Subject to the terms of the Copyright Act of Canada, photocopies of articles from journals, books, reports, conference proceedings can be sent by mail, email or fax.
  4. Library catalogue
    The Canadian Conservation Institute Catalogue and Staff Bibliography is available for our on-site and off-site clients.

Visitor information

Visitors must sign in at the security desk on the ground floor and present proof of identification.

The Canadian Conservation Institute Library

Researchers, students, and interested members of the public.
The CCI Library welcomes researchers, students and interested members of the public to its bright, comfortable study space.
Specialized collection in the CCI Library.
The specialized collection is known throughout Canada and internationally as an important source for conservation and museology literature.
Corner lounge showcasing new books.
An attractive corner lounge showcases new books and the most popular current journals, while client workstations provide easy access to the catalogue and other online resources.
Library staff.
Experienced library staff are always willing to answer questions or help with research. Interlibrary loan and photocopying services are also available.
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