Government Information

The mission of the Leddy Library Government Publications Collection is to meet the information and research needs of the Library's users, to support academic programs, and to meet the responsibilities of being a depository collection for Canadian and Ontario publications and data. The Leddy Library has been a full depository for Canadian federal publications since 2000 and a selective depository since 1977. It is also a federal depository for maps and the National Topographic Database (NTDB) data.

The Library has been a full depository for Ontario government publications since 1972. We are also participants in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange (OGDE), and a number of other consortial arrangements. This allows researchers fully subsidized access to Canadian and American data files and cd-roms. At the municipal level, the Library has maintained the Microlog Local Government microfiche collection since 1980. Quite extensive collections of United Nations, OECD, ILO, WHO, and World Bank publications are also held. Publications and data from other jurisdictions and government organizations are purchased selectively.

The book and journal collection is housed primarily on the 2nd floor of the main building and is shelved according to the CODOC classification scheme. These government publications are all catalogued and can be searched in the Library Catalogue. Most may be borrowed for 14 days. However, some such as parliamentary publications, Statistics Canada materials and reference tools do not circulate.

The Government Publications collection is serviced from the reference desk on the 1st floor of the main building. For additional help, please contact:

Shuzhen Zhao
(519) 253-3000 ext. 4723