Introduction to the Centre for Newfoundland Studies

Research Help |  Distance Research |  How to Use the Centre |  The CNS Catalogue |  Periodicals and Newspapers |  MUN Theses and Honours Dissertations |  Rare Books |  Maps |  Vertical Files |  Archives |  Newfoundland Studies Endowment Fund


The Centre for Newfoundland Studies' mandate is 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 all members of the university and to the general public; to preserve the collection for future generations; and to prepare bibliographies as its contribution to Newfoundland and Labrador scholarship.

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies, a division of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Libraries is located on Level 3 of the Queen Elizabeth II Library on the St. John's campus. It is a special research collection of books, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, theses, microforms, and historic maps reserved for the study of all aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Centre holds the largest collection of published Newfoundlandiana in the province. Many of its holdings are old and rare; others are as recent as the report of last month's task force or this week's community newspaper.

In 2006, the Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Research Help

Ask for help at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Level 3, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 3Y1 or Telephone: (709) 864-7475 or (709) 864-7476 or Fax: (709) 864-2153 or Email:

Distance Research

Please consult the catalogue for CNS books, theses, reports and other monographs, and for periodical titles. Please change the "All Libraries" drop down menu to "Centre for Newfoundland Studies" when you search the Catalogue. The abbreviation "NFLD" occurring in a call number and "CNS" as the library indicates that this item is in the CNS.

Please consult the Periodical Article Bibliography and other bibliographies described on this website for journal articles and other sources.

If you know the items you want, please request them through your own document delivery service at your own library.

If you do not know which items you want or if you would like advice, please Ask a Newfoundland/Labrador Question.

How to Use the Centre if you visit in person

Many readers are referred to the Centre by the library's online catalogue. The abbreviation NFLD occurring in a call number and the library abbreviation CNS indicates that this item is in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.

Unlike other library departments, the Centre for Newfoundland Studies does not lend its holdings; they must be used in the Centre's reading room. This policy helps protect and preserve the collection and ensures that its holdings are available for readers at all times.

If you need help or further information about any aspect of this special collection, consult the Centre's Information Desk located just inside the entrance.

The CNS Catalogue

Access to the Centre's materials is always available through its Information Desk. You may wish, however, to proceed directly to the CNS Catalogue available at the online catalogue stations. Please change the "All Libraries" drop down menu to "Centre for Newfoundland Studies" when you search the Catalogue.

If you visit the Centre, please fill out a request slip (yellow for books and microforms; pink for periodicals, newspapers and subject files; white for MUN theses and honours dissertations) and hand it in at the Service Counter. You will be asked to show a valid piece of identification at this point.

Periodicals and Newspapers

Fill out a PERIODICALS & NEWSPAPERS pink request form for those you wish to read. The Centre subscribes to many community newspapers and holds back issues up to three months. (Current issues of the St. John's Telegram and the Corner Brook Western Star are kept in the Periodicals Division of the Library. Microfilm of the Evening Telegram, the Western Star and the St. John's Daily News is housed in Media and Data on Level 1 of the Queen Elizabeth II Library.)

A number of 19th and 20th century Newfoundland newspapers are available on microfilm. Inquire at the CNS Information Desk.

Many of the Centre's periodicals have been indexed. For access to indexes please inquire at the CNS Information Desk.

MUN Theses and Honours Dissertations

The Centre for Newfoundland Studies is the depository for Memorial University theses and honours dissertations. These will be found by author, title or subject in the online catalogue with the designation (THESES) or (HONS-DISS). Fill out a THESIS or HONS. DISSERTATION white request form for ones you wish to consult. The online full text of theses added to the Proquest Dissertations & Theses database since 1997 (including many pre-1997 titles) can be accessed free of charge by Memorial University users. Catalogue records for these titles will contain URLs linking to the Proquest database.

Newfoundland Rare Books

Items in the Centre's collection of rare and vault books may be used under supervision if there are no suitable substitutes of a non-rare designation. Photocopying of rare and vault items is not permitted. Digital cameras without flash may be used with permission from staff.


The Centre holds an important collection of Newfoundland maps up to 1900. Descriptions and call numbers will be found in the online catalogue. Maps may be scanned on demand, for a fee. Inquire at the CNS Information Desk for further information. Consult the Map Division on Level 2 for 20th century maps of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vertical Files

Under such specific topics as Biographies, Book Reviews, Theatre Reviews, Communities, Ships, and under many general subject headings, is kept material not normally catalogued: newspaper clippings, periodical articles, programmes, brochures, etc. Inquire at the CNS Information Desk or view the lists of files online.


The Archives & Special Collections Division is located in L3022 on Level 3 of the library. The Archives (formerly the CNS Archives) holds an extensive collection of original manuscripts, personal papers, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs and other such materials which document various aspects of Newfoundland society. Major collections include literary, labour, theatre and the performing arts, women, post-Confederation Newfoundland politics and social organizations and activities. Special Collections holds a wide range of old, rare and scarce published materials. Patrons should contact the Archives at (709)864-4349 or via e-mail at to inquire about regulations governing access and use of the materials and hours of operation.

A Guide to the Archival Holdings of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies
Finding Aids to the Archival Collections of Archives and Special Collections (1)
A Guide to the Performing Arts Collections in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives
Finding Aids of the Archives and Special Collections (2)
Digital Collections in Archives and Special Collections

Gifts to the CNS

Gifts in Kind

Newfoundland Studies Endowment Fund

A bequest by Alice Jarvis and Margaret Williams in 1982 allowed the Centre to establish a fund whereby proceeds go towards building the collection and completing bibliographic projects. We hope you will consider making a donation to the fund. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Newfoundland Studies Endowment Fund at the address below. Thank you.


Centre for Newfoundland Studies
Queen Elizabeth II Library
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL Canada A1B 3Y1

Ph: (709) 864-7475/6
Fax: (709) 864-2153


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