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Shared Print Preservation in Canada

Library & Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada ensures that two copies of books, serials, music, sheet music, microforms and maps published in Canada, regardless of format, are received through legal deposit. One copy serves as the preservation copy and the other can be made available for use under certain conditions. Exceptions to legal deposit include official publications of Canadian provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

BANQ ensures that two copies of printed documents published in Québec are received through legal deposit. Materials include books, serials, posters, maps, music and music scores, films, postcards, and theatre programs.

COPPUL Shared Print Archive Network

COPPUL SPAN is a distributed retrospective print repository program across participating Western Canadian COPPUL libraries. The work is structured in phases built around different types of materials. Journal commitments are reported through PAPR, and lists of archived titles for Phases 1-5 are available online.


Downsview is a University of Toronto Libraries facility that maintains a single copy of important but low-usage print items contributed by the 5 participating libraries to the Shared Preservation Collection. Partner universities include the University of Ottawa, Western, McMaster, and Queen’s. Memorial University of Newfoundland is an affiliate member. The shared collection includes journals and monographs contributed under a 20 year agreement.

TriUniversity Group of Libraries

TUG is a collaboration between the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. A collective collection is maintained at a jointly operated secure storage facility called the Annex located in Guelph, and a Last Copy policy is in place until December 2022. 340K titles are committed to be retained and are registered in OCLC.

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