Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies Office and the Canadian collection are jointly funded by Fogler Library and the Canadian-American Center.

Canadian Studies Office Hours

Monday            8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday      8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday          8:00 am – 3:00 pm

By appointment: contact Canadian Studies Librarian, Betsy Beattie by phone 207.581.1694 or e-mail at

Patrons are encouraged to call or e-mail, even during regular office hours, to schedule an appointment. The Canadian Studies Office is located on the third floor of Fogler Library in the Acquisitions Department. Follow posted directional signs.

About the Collection

Fogler Library has a nationally recognized Canadian Studies collection consisting of 31,000+ monographs, 200+ Canadian journal titles, and 43 Canadian newspapers as well as large collections of maps, Canadian census materials, and Canadian federal and provincial documents. Canadian materials are shelved with the regular library collections of books, periodicals, documents, and microforms, and nearly all titles are cataloged in URSUS. The Canadian Studies Librarian also maintains and updates a Subject Guide that includes links to numerous Canadian Web Sites.

Early Canadiana

Early Canadiana is a series of collections published by Canadiana, an alliance of scholars and representatives of major memory institutions from across Canada. The collections contain over 80,000 rare books, magazines and government publications about Canada from the time of the first European settlers to the early decades of the 20th century. It is available in two formats, on microfiche and online, and each version includes some titles not covered in the other format. Individual titles in the microfiche collections all have bibliographic records added to URSUS, Fogler Library’s online catalog, making them accessible through author, title, key-word, and subject searches. Titles in the microfiche collections are also available to scholars outside the University of Maine through interlibrary loan.  To augment these microfilmed titles Fogler Library also subscribes to the online version of Early Canadiana the contents of which are searchable by keyword.

Canadian Journals

Fogler Library has active subscriptions to 101 Canadian journals and magazines in paper format. In addition, for the last several years the library has been transferring many of its serial subscriptions from paper to online formats such as e-journals and serials databases.  Among the e-journal subscriptions now in the collection are 25 Canadian titles, giving Fogler Library a total of over 125 individual, current journal subscriptions relevant to Canadian Studies.  Added to these individual subscriptions are the numerous online databases that index and, in many cases offer full access to, articles in Canadian journals not included in the library’s current subscriptions. A journal title search in Fogler Library’s URSUS catalog offers access to the library’s Canadian journals in any of these formats.

Canadian Census Materials
Fogler Library owns several forms of Canadian census materials. These include selected copies of nominal censuses (door-to-door surveys taken by census takers) in print and microform and bound versions of aggregate censuses of Canada published by the Canadian Government (see holdings below.) In addition, Fogler Library subscribes to the database Ancestry Library which covers “indexes and images to Canadian [nominal] censuses for every decade from 1851 to 1911, and censuses of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta from 1906 and 1916. Agricultural information is available for some census years as well.”

Theses and dissertations on Canada by University of Maine Graduates
University of Maine dissertations and theses are housed in Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department. Some are also available online in full-text format in the ETD database in DigitalCommons@UMaine.

New Canadian Books