The Carleton Library Series has had a profound impact on Canadian publishing and on the field of Canadian Studies. It remains unmatched by any other publishing venture in Canada dedicated to making historical documents available. The CLS has garnered Carleton University much prestige over the years, and has made an important contribution to Canadian Studies by publishing more than one-hundred out-of-print books, as well as documentary collections and special monographs on Canadian topics.
The CLS was in part founded to ensure that students, both undergraduate and graduate students alike, could access these important source documents in an affordable pocketsize format. In the 1960s, many of the titles that the CLS reprinted were not available to students, since they were held in libraries or in rare books departments or collections. This made accessing these titles very difficult for undergraduate students, because many university libraries were closed to them at the time. The CLS opened up the possibility for Carleton students and others to buy these volumes for use in their seminars and tutorials, facilitating discussion, and their research.
These reprinted documents also facilitated the study of Canada at universities in the United States and abroad. The series is internationally known, and many scholars felt that without the CLS Canadian Studies would not have been possible to study abroad.
What people have said about the Carleton Library Series:
"The Carleton Library Series is a jewel in Carleton’s crown!"
"You cannot do Canadian studies without the Carleton Library Series on your shelf."