About Us

Mandate

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies (CNS) was founded in 1965 by the Memorial University Libraries with the mandate to collect all published materials relating to Newfoundland and Labrador; to offer library services such as a reading room, reference service and reproduction service; to preserve the collection for future generations; and to prepare bibliographies as its contribution to Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) scholarship.

The CNS is located on Level 3 of the Queen Elizabeth II Library on the St. John's campus. 

It is open to all members of the university and of the general public.

The Centre is a special research collection for the study of all aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador and includes books, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, theses and historic maps. Many of the Centre's materials are available digitally. Many of its holdings are old and rare; others are as recent as today's press release. The Centre's catalogue, digital archive, bibliographies and files help researchers find the content of the materials held.

The field of Newfoundland Studies includes all aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador's life and development - including History, Languages, Literature, Folklore, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography (physical and cultural), Political Science, Economics and the applied sciences such as Fisheries, Oil & Gas,  Forest Industries,  Mining, Hydroelectricity, etc.

Please inquire in person, by email, by phone or mail for information, research advice or lists of sources on any NL topic or research question.