Our library is a valuable northern information source and is the product of almost four decades of gradual development. Initially, the collection began as the professional records of the Inuvik Scientific Resource Centre and consisted of working documents generated by the staff, whatever reference material they compiled or materials donated by southern scientists working seasonally in the Northwest Territories. With a central focus on the physical, biological and social sciences, careful attention to the collection has ensured that materials such as government reports, accounts of arctic issues, early oil and gas related documents, and other low volume publications involving or important to the Northwest Territories and Mackenzie Valley have been saved.
Today the library serves the Northwest Territories as a valuable resource with a modern catalogue system, Internet access and over 21,000 catalogued items (books, print material, videos, DVDs, films and maps) in the collection. The library also continues as a public access facility, assisting communities, students, schools, aboriginal organizations, visiting scientists and government agencies, access the information they require from a central location in the North.
Please note that due to the rareness of many of the publications, they must be used at the library premises in Inuvik but more common, general material can be checked out or made available through interlibrary loans. We have joined with the NWT Public Library Services and the NWT Legislative Library to bring you access to all of our library collections through a single system.
The Aurora Research Institute library is open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and closed over lunch (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). General questions regarding the operations of the library and its collection may be addressed to:
Library Services Coordinator
Aurora Research Institute
Phone: (867) 777-3298 Ext. 207
Fax: (867) 777-4264