Our Collections

We have been building our library, archival and artifact collections since the 1930s. Our collection includes Ukrainian schoolbooks, records from some prominent Ukrainian Canadians, and extensive textiles, as well as numerous other items. Click HERE to learn more.

The Gift Shop

The Museum's Gift Shop is a popular area for our guests to browse with its large variety of authentic Ukrainian clothing, giftware and books. Whether visitors are from far away or local residents, there is a gift, souvenir or personal item for everyone. Click HERE to learn more.


The library has a wide variety of books, in both Ukrainian and English. We also have a few books in other languages, such as French and German. The library includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, family histories, as well as the typical library subjects. 

Currently, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Library is not open to researchers as we diligently work at finishing the updating of our new Virtual Collections catalogue and getting all the books out onto the Library shelves. 

There are approximately 6,000 to 10, 000 books stored at the museum. Some of these books have been previously catalogued. From 1986 to 1989, an integrated library catalogue, involving the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and its branches, was set up through UTLAS and a monograph/book was created for all the branches to use. 

A new computer program, Virtual Collections, was implemented in 2005. Virtual Collections is specifically designed to allow one to simply and effectively manage museum collections of all kinds and sizes. Virtual Collections supports both English and Ukrainian/Cyrillic characters. Both languages can be inputted into the record and used for searching. At the Ukrainian Museum of Canada both the Library and Collections are using this program. 

Moving Library Resources

This is what our old library space was starting to look like. It was time for a move as our resources had obviously outgrown the current space.












The materials were temporarily moved into the auditorium and the new library space.

The photographs above show the transition of how the new library looked before all our shelves, desks, tables and materials were in place.


This is a view of the library from spring 2009.

The shelves are filling up as items are being catalogued, but, there is still a lot of work to be done!






Other New and Exciting Discoveries and Events in the Library ...

Myrna Kostash Book Event
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
We invite you to join us for a reading and discussion of Myrna Kostash's latest book, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium.

February 11, 2011

Tickets are $20.00,
With proceeds going to the Museum Library.

There will be a chance to get your book signed after the reading.

Contact the museum at 244-3800 for tickets.

Click here to read more
Uncover Ancient Mysteries
Posted by J. Staniec
A recent addition to both the Gift Shop and Library is the book Mysteries of Ancient Ukraine written by Krzysztof Ciuk.

It is a lovely full colour English book detailing Trypillian culture from 5400 - 2700 BC. Inside are gorgeous photos, interesting essays and many maps. It is a lovely coffee table book that would look amazing sitting on your table that also provides useful information about the Trypillian culture.

The book is published by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and has forewords by the President and First Lady of Ukraine.