From its beginnings in 1963 with the appearance of “Lord Durham’s Report,” the first book in the newly formed Carleton Library Series, the Series has gone on to become the most important Canadian initiative to make available classic non-fiction Canadian documents and books in printed form. Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press for the past ten years, the Series now includes some 220 titles in various fields related to Canada’s past. Candidates for inclusion in the Series are selected by a distinguished editorial board made up of scholars at Carleton University.

Given the importance of the titles in the Series to Canadian intellectual and cultural life, McGill-Queen’s University Press has decided to commit resources to digitize the entire Series by the end of 2010, making it available as e-books. Titles in the Series currently out of stock will also be digitized and made available in both printed form and as e-books. The Press is undertaking this bold digitization initiative of the Series because it believes that keeping major Canadian historical and social sciences works available serves the missions of Carleton, McGill, and Queen’s universities to disseminate scholarship widely to scholars, students, and educated general readers.