The Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) consists of Canadian books and periodicals published online. As of spring 2009, it included more than 30,000 monographs (books) and more than 100,000 serial issues (journals, periodicals, newsletters, magazines) published in Canada by both non-governmental and governmental publishing sectors. The collection supports LAC's mandate of preserving the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Electronic Collection has its own search interface.
The Electronic Collection is also available through AMICUS, the library database of Library and Archives Canada.
We archive publications in the format in which they were received. Therefore, a variety of formats exist in the Electronic Collection, including XHTML, HTML, PDF, ASCII, LIT and more.
In some cases, specific proprietary software such as Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Reader is required to read publication content.
The Electronic Collection was established in 1995 as a pilot project, but it has grown substantially since 2007 when the Legal Deposit of Publications Regulations (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/SOR-2006-337/index.html) were extended to include online publications.