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CNL Library – Connecting you to a world of nuclear information and education

(2015 September 18) Interested in the Chernobyl or Fukushima accidents?  Want to explore information on black holes or astronomy?  Curious as to what safety measures are in place for the nuclear industry?  

The CNL Library connects researchers to the world’s resources on nuclear science and technology.  As a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Nuclear Information System (INIS), CNL Library is the nuclear information centre for Canada.  

The INIS database ( offers access to one of the leading worldwide reference collections of scientific literature on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.  It covers a wide variety of topics such as nuclear physics, radiation protection, life sciences, engineering, astronomy, nanotechnology, environmental sciences, and much more.  The CNL Library is responsible for contributing records to INIS for relevant information published in Canada.

The INIS database:

  • Provides free, open and unrestricted access to the INIS Collection, available to Internet users worldwide
  • Contains 3.8 million bibliographic citations and abstracts of journal articles, scientific and technical reports, conference papers, books, patents, theses, laws, regulations and standards, and web documents 
  • Includes a unique online collection of over 350 000 full-text documents
  • Offers scientific and technical reports not found elsewhere
  • Covers publications in 63 languages
  • Is an invaluable resource to academic and industry researchers
  • Records are indexed in Google Scholar and
  • Is operated by the IAEA in collaboration with over 150 members countries

The Library is able to assist in gaining access to documents. Requests for information or document delivery may be sent by email to