Canadian Studies Library


Inaugurated in 1991, the Canadian Studies library (CSL) is located in the premises of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi. It is the main information resource centre of Canadian publications in India. The library is funded by generous financial support from the International Academic Relations Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.

The library houses a large and comprehensive collection of books, scholarly journals and newspapers, videocassettes, CD ROMs and microfiche with specific Canadian content. While the collection is primarily in English, there is a significant amount of material available in French as well.


The library is intended to serve as a Canadian Studies reference resource centre for anyone seeking information on Canada.

The collection of books and journals comprises of a wide range of materials. The library is currently subscribing to over 60 Canadian journals. The areas of study include the following:

  • Canadian History
  • Native Studies
  • Economics
  • Politics and Government
  • International and Foreign Relations
  • Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies
  •  Multiculturalism
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • First Nations
  • Art and Sculpture
  • Canadian Literature in English and French
  • Diasporic Literature

In addition, information on Universities in Canada and courses offered is also available at the resource centre. College students, research scholars, academicians, Professors, business entrepreneurs seeking information on research as well as higher education can visit the library for information.Also, it serves as a resource for people visiting or immigrating to Canada.

Library Services

The CSL follows the open access system that allows users to browse books freely in the stacks. The books are arranged in alpha-numeric order based on the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.The following services are provided to members:

In addition to the above services, CSL also provides certain unique services to its members.

Document Delivery Services:  In order to facilitate the needs of scholars, CSL provides this unique service to its users. Keeping in view the geographical condition of India, CSL provides document delivery services to scholars who are unable to access them at the library center.

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL):  ILL is provided on request. The request can be routed to CS Librarian via Canadian Studies Directors from more than 25 CS Centers all over India.

The CS centers are a part of prestigious Universities across the country. Some of these include Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadavpur University, Kerala University, Pune University, Jammu University, Banaras Hindu University etc.

Canadian Studies Library Membership Guidelines

Inaugurated in 1991, the Canadian Studies library (CSL), which is the main information resource centre of the Canadian publications in India, is located in the premises of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, India Office, New Delhi. The financial support is generously provided by the International Academic Relations Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. For More detail    click here 

Membership Form 

Lending Request Form 

Loan Privileges

  • Teachers/Fellows- 6 books for one month
  • Students- 4 books for 14 days
  • Institutional members- 8 books for 14 days
  • Research Scholars- 6 books for one month

Conditions of Loan

  • The loan is not renewable ordinarily. However, in case of extraordinary circumstances, the decision will be taken by the librarian In-charge.
  • An overdue charge of Rs. 5/- per volume per day per book will be charged if the book is kept beyond permissible borrowing period . An additional fine will be levied @ Rs.10/- per book if the book is not returned even after two reminder.
  • Reference books, textbooks, reports, theses and rare books are placed in a restricted category and are not for issue.
  • If a book is lost while in possession of reader, it will be replaced by the reader. Failing this, the reader has to pay the cost of the book lost.


The Library is the sanctum sanctorum for learning process. Kindly maintain the sanctity of the library.

  • Personal books and other belongings are not to be brought inside the library.
  • No eatables are allowed inside the library premises
  • Do not mark or tear off pages from the books
  • Do not dog-ear pages of books.
  • Do not replace books on shelves yourself as a book misplaced is equal to a book lost.
  • Maintain silence while in the library
  • Keep your mobiles on silent mode
  • Help in keeping the library premises neat and clean


Library Timings

The library is open to the public during working hours from Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.


For more details write to:

Dr. Reshma Rana Verma

In-charge-Canadian Studies Library,

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute,

5, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, 

Near Gole Market,New Delhi – 110001

Ph: 011-2374-2677,2374-3114,2374-6417,Fax: 011-2374-6416