Canadian Agricultural Library

From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Since its formal establishment in 1910, the Canadian Agriculture Library (CAL) has built a substantial collection on agricultural and food sciences. CAL provides information services to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, portfolio partners and the general public in support of research and innovation.

CAL is a member of the Federal Science Library (FSL), a partnership of seven federal science libraries who have joined together to establish a portal where you can search the print collections and repositories of all the libraries from a single place.

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Our services

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada publications

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada publishes a range of print and electronic information products.

  • Search the Federal Science Library Portal to access AAFC publications. PDF copies of publications not available in electronic format may be requested by contacting the Canadian Agriculture Library. Consult the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Publications page for more information about AAFC Departmental publications. Click on "Search and Request Departmental Publications" for information on our distribution policy and to request copies.

Research services

The public is welcome to use library resources onsite by appointment. You may photocopy material and consult with an Information Specialist in person or by email.

Rare Book Collection

The Canadian Agriculture Library preserves AAFC documents of historical value related to the history of agriculture, food safety research, and agriculture sciences. This collection is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and can only be accessed onsite by appointment.

Lending services

The public may request documents as interlibrary loan through their local public or academic library. The Canadian Agriculture Library does not lend directly to individuals.

Onsite services

Members of the public are welcome to make an appointment to visit one of the Canadian Agriculture Library specialized collections located in Ottawa, Ontario and St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Locations and hours of operation

Ottawa, ON - Main Library

Contact Information

1341 Baseline Road
Tower 6, Floor 1
Ottawa, Ontario
cal-bca-ref@agr.gc.ca

Service hours

Tuesday to Thursday 9:00-3:30

Library Focus

Agricultural and food sciences

Collection Highlights

Agricultural economics, agronomy, crop science, animal husbandry, phytopathology, botany, mycology, food science and technology, agricultural pests and disease, entomology, dairy science, soil science, veterinary science.

Ottawa ON - Neatby/Saunders

Contact Information

960 Carling Avenue
K.W. Neatby Building
Building 20, Room 4061
Ottawa, Ontario
cal-bca-ref@agr.gc.ca

Service hours

Tuesday to Thursday 11:00-3:00

Collection Highlights

Entomology, biodiversity, fauna, biosystematics, mycology, botany, and taxonomy.

Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

Contact Information

3600 Casavant Boulevard West
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
cal-bca-ref@agr.gc.ca

Service hours

Tuesday to Thursday 9:00-3:30

Collection Highlights

Food sciences, food processing, food engineering and food quality and safety.

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