University of Calgary


Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) brings together the University Library, Archives and Special Collections, The Nickle Galleries, and the UofC Press. LCR develops, preserves, and provides access to large collections of print, digital and three-dimensional objects, and archival materials. This unique organizational structure provides a key strategic advantage to researchers and makes information - regardless of format - readily available.

LCR has a number of subject specialists including Subject Librarians, Special Collections Librarians, Archivists, and Curators. If you have any questions about collections or services, need assistance in accessing information from our collection or from the collections of other institutions, professionals in each of these areas are able to assist you.

A list of the most popular collections follows.

University Library

Has a collection of over 7.8 million items. Most collections are housed at the High Density Storage Facility, and the Taylor Family Digital Library. Additional materials are housed at the Law Library, the Health Sciences Library, the Business Library, the Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics, and at the Library and Archives of the Military Museums.

The Library has an expanding collection of electronically-available full-text resources. These collections are available through links within the Library Catalogue as well as through specialized pages within the Library website.

If you would like to make a recommendation for additions to our published print or digital collections, a Subject Librarian will be able to help you.

Canadian Architectural Archives (CAA)

Is the largest collection of architectural drawings, business records, photographs, and models related to Modern Canadian Architecture in the world. CAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the records of twentieth and twenty first century Canadian architects of local, regional, national, and international significance.

The Military Museums Library and Archives

Is a joint project of the Military Museums, University of Calgary Library, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (U of C) and the Calgary Military Museum Society.

Special Collections

Houses print and archival collections which support the learning, teaching, and research mandate of the University of Calgary, attracting researchers from around the world.

University Archives (UARC)

Preserves and makes accessible permanently valuable records of the University (institutional records) and other archival materials of the wider university community including theses, student newspapers, campus newspapers, and faculty papers as well as private papers of organizations and individuals involved in western Canadian populist movements and political parties.

The Nickle Art Galleries

Exhibits and collects material primarily in the areas of contemporary Western Canadian art, ancient numismatics, and Asian carpets. The extensive collection includes 4,000 art pieces; 15,500 numismatic items and 400 textile artifacts. This collection offers unique research opportunities for the University, public and international communities. The museum also prepares special exhibitions, which are toured to various venues throughout Canada.

Visual & Performing Arts

Located on the 3rd floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library, Visual & Performing Arts acquires, preserves and provides access to a collection of over 9,000 films and videos and over 250,000 slides.

The University of Calgary Press

The University of Calgary Press is a non-profit, scholarly publisher committed to producing high-calibre academic and trade books and journals on a wide range of subjects. The Press fills an important role in publishing titles that focus on the history, politics, economy, and culture of the prairies, mountains, and northern regions. Aboriginal topics are a related and inextricable piece of this mandate.  The U of C Press also publishes in such subject areas as: media and cultural studies, political studies and economics, environmental studies, philosophy, women's studies, Latin American studies, and African studies.

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