Consult the staff at the Centre’s Information Desk located just inside the entrance for information about any aspect of this special collection. Call the Centre at (709) 864-7475 or send a question via our Ask a Newfoundland/Labrador Question online form.
The Library Catalogue includes the holdings of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies and is the place to search for books, theses, honours dissertations, government reports and other monographs. It will also help you locate maps, films, sound recordings, periodicals and newspapers.
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 housed on the 1st floor of the QEII Library as is the microfilm of the (Evening) Telegram, the Western Star and the St. John's Daily News. A number of 19th and 20th century Newfoundland newspapers are available on microfilm in CNS. Some newspapers have been digitized for the Digital Archives Initiative.
Many of the Centre's periodicals have been indexed. The Centre’s Periodical Article Bibliography database identifies over 91,000 citations to articles appearing in journals between 1668 (the earliest article collected) and the present. For access to other indexes please inquire at the CNS Information Desk.
Theses and Honours Dissertations
The Centre for Newfoundland Studies is the depository for Memorial University theses and honours dissertations. Paper copies are available in the Centre. Digital versions of theses are available through the Digital Archives Initiative and the Research Repository. The Library Catalogue records contain links to the digital versions, when available.
The Centre holds an important collection of Newfoundland and Labrador maps up to 1900. Descriptions and call numbers will be found in the Library Catalogue as well as links to digitized versions that are available through the Digital Archives Initiative. Consult the Map Library on Level 2 for current and 20th century maps of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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.
Archives and Special Collections
The Archives and Special Collections Division is located in L3022 [inside the CNS doors] on Level 3 of the QEII 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. Researchers should contact the Archives at (709) 864-4349 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about regulations governing access and use of the materials and hours of operation.