Acceptable Use Policy
Specialized AMICUS Sites (more…)
Before you start searching, your Z39.50 client software must first connect to AMICUS.
Use the information below to set up the connection to AMICUS. For detailed information,
see the Z39.50 Guide.
- Server name / Description: AMICUS Z39.50 or NLC Z39.50
- Domain name / Server address: amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca (188.8.131.52)
- Port: 210
- Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Database: see the box below to choose from the 9 databases in AMICUS.
You must be registered with an AMICUS username and password
to use all these databases except the "NL" (National Library of Canada database).
||Complete AMICUS database (includes all records below except authorities, see "AU")
||Union Catalogue bibliographic records with holdings from 500+ Canadian libraries
||National Library of Canada bilbiographic records
||Library of Congress bibliographic records
||Federal Service: 3 Canadian federal government libraries:
Finance Treasury Board, Health Canada. Health Protection Branch, Canadian
Institute for Historical Microreproductions
||National Archives of Canada records
||National Film Board of Canada records
||CONSER authenticated serial records from OCLC
||Canadiana authority records (excluded from ANY database)
Note: During initialization you may need to input a default record display (eg. MARC).
Problems Connecting to AMICUS
The National Library cannot troubleshoot specific Z39.50 client
software problems. Use the guidelines below to diagnose the problem and
then contact your Z39.50 software vendor for support.
- Host Not Found: Your Z39.50 client is unable to locate the AMICUS Z39.50 server.
Check the "Server Address" / "Domain Name" (see above). If correct confirm that
your "Domain Name Server" is working correctly. Check if your network uses a firewall;
it may be preventing Z39.50 traffic.
- Connection Refused: Your Z39.50 client was able to locate the AMICUS Z39.50 server but
did not allow a connection. The AMICUS database could be down for maintenance. Check that your
AMICUS username and password are still valid. Some Z39.50 clients do not display errors being returned.