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The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives Library Collection

The Library at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives holds a collection of approximately 6,000 items: books, journals, newspapers, videos, proceedings, pamphlets, annual reports, and theses. There is also an extensive vertical file containing pamphlets, essays, journal articles and newspaper articles.

We have the largest collection of co-operative materials in Anglophone Canada and we offer research support to anyone interested in co-ops.

The collection’s main subject areas are:

  • co-operatives in Canada, both historical and contemporary information covering agriculture, housing, health, finance, worker, and consumer co-ops
  • historical and contemporary information on co-operatives in other countries covering agriculture, finance, worker, and consumer co-ops (and, to a much lesser degree, housing and health)
  • some information on setting up and running a co-op
  • community economic development and sustainable development, particularly as it relates to co-ops
  • women in co-operatives
  • co-operative education
  • communal living
  • political studies; primarily on democracy and social movements
  • materials on social cohesion and the social economy
  • and smatterings of books on sociology, Canadian history, economics, management

The Library also holds a complete collection of The Co-operative Consumer, a twice-monthly publication of, initially, the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd. and Consumers’ Co-operative Refinery Ltd., and later Federated Co-operatives Ltd. It ran from 1940 to 1982, and, by the end, covered all of the western Canadian provinces.


Excluding the vertical file, journals, and a small collection of reference and reserve items, items in the collection can be borrowed for a period of two weeks, with possible extensions. Loan policies apply to both university students and members of the public.

Interlibrary loan is available, although usually restricted to within Canada–please contact the librarian for details.


The Library is open weekdays from 9:00-5:00 and is closed over the noon hour, and on Saturdays, Sundays and university designated holidays. If you wish to speak to the librarian during your visit please call ahead to confirm arrangements.

Reference Services

Full reference services are available by telephone, e-mail or regular mail, fax, and in-person.

For further information, contact:

Heather Acton, Librarian
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives Library
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5B8

Phone: 306-966-7917
Fax: 306-966-8517

You might also wish to search the University of Saskatchewan Library for additional material on co-operatives.