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Reference Centre

Carte International Reference Centre

The Carte International Reference Centre is devoted to collecting and providing access to resources that support human rights learning and research. We serve the general public, school groups, visiting scholars and academics, and the global human rights community. If you’re looking for a study space, reference services or access to the Museum’s collections, come by and see us at the Reference Centre.

A room containing books on bookshelves, a reference desk with a computer workstation and worktables.

Photo: CMHR, Stephen Carney

Located on Level 5 of the Museum, the Reference Centre provides a space for you to read, study and rest. The space features three public computer workstations, study carrels, spacious work tables, and comfortable seating. We have a variety of tools and software available that provide several accessibility options for you to use when making use of our resources.

Our library collection includes more than 5,000 books on a variety of topics, primarily focused on human rights. If you would like to borrow one of our resources, in most cases we will be able to help you do this through an interlibrary loan service. We also provide access to over 4,000 online journals, which can be accessed via the Reference Centre’s computer workstations or your own device.

Online resource guides

We have also begun developing online resource guides, which provide links to books, magazine articles, journals, newspapers, and more on specific human rights related subjects. 

Our Reference Centre staff are available to assist you in finding the information you’re looking for. You can contact us by phone, email or in person with your reference request.


Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Or by appointment.

To access the Reference Centre during our regular open hours, come to the desk at the Museum’s Group Entrance and request a Reference Centre access card.

Telephone: 204–289-2153