Larkin Kerwin Library

The library was founded in 1991 shortly after the creation of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). In 2000 the library was named after Larkin Kerwin in honour of the first president of the CSA.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Members of the public must make an appointment.

Contact information

John H. Chapman Space Centre
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9

Room: 2N-103
Library telephone: 450-926-4904
Video Library telephone: 450-926-4907
Fax: 450-926-4974
E-mail: biblio@asc-csa.gc.ca

Our goals are

  • to develop a specialized collection that supports the work of the scientists, researchers, engineers and administrators within the CSA
  • to provide access to information products and services

The Larkin Kerwin Library is a bridge to the world of information and a partner in research. It provides access to a collection of scientific, technical and general documents as well as access to a great variety of electronic sources of information. The Library is strategically placed to provide expertise for the retrieval, acquisition, organization and dissemination of information within the CSA.

Loan services

Employees of the Canadian Space Agency, its partners and other libraries have access to documents in the general collection.

If you are not employees and would like to borrow a document from the collection, simply make a request for an interlibrary loan through your public, school or institutional library (college, university or corporate). Certain documents (periodicals, reference works or controlled-access reports or studies) are not available for interlibrary loan to external patrons.

The document loan period is four weeks and items are renewable, with the exception of documents that have been reserved by another patron.

On-site consultation

The library provides a reading room for on-site consultation as well as audiovisual equipment for videos and microfiche and computers for access to the automated catalogue and the Internet. Members of the public must make an appointment to visit the library.

Document services

The library provides information on scientific, technical, strategic, business or news-related queries.

Library services are available to all patrons regardless of their expertise. Let us provide you with answers to your research needs.

The collection at a glance

  • Approximately 15 000 monographs, technical reports and conference proceedings
  • Approximately 200 subscriptions to magazines, newsletters and newspapers
  • Approximately 600 reference works
  • Approximately 3,500 audio-visual materials (DVDs, CDs, films in different formats, etc.)
  • Approximately 400 standards from various organizations: International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), etc.
  • Access to over 400 external databases