Contact the Canadian Automotive Museum



99 Simcoe Street South
Central Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G7

(905) 576-1222

Since 1963 the Canadian Automotive Museum has preserved and shared the history of the Canadian automotive industry.

Automotive Library

The Canadian Automotive Museum Library contains Canadian automotive brochures, publications, and manuals. 

One of the Canadian Automotive Museum's librarians working in the Library.

Canadian Automotive Research Library

Starting in 2015, the Canadian Automotive Research Library is undergoing a major reorganization with the assistance of a grant from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada and support from the Oshawa Public Libraries (OPL). This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 with a goal of making the materials publicly accessible through the OPL online catalogue.

The CAM maintains the world's most extensive collection of Canadian-specific automotive materials including manuals, brochures, advertisements, and photographs. Materials date from the early 1900s to early 2000s. 

The Oshawa Public Libraries also maintain a large collection of automotive manuals from the 1950s -1990s. These materials can be requested through the circulation desk at the downtown Oshawa McLaughlin Branch.

Library inquiries should be sent to

Donating Books and Magazines to the Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum accepts donations of automotive magazines, books, brochures, and related literature. The museum gratefully accepts these donations, but please note that staff does not perform monetary appraisals or issue charitable tax receipts for library materials. Donated items may be added to the library collection, transferred to the Oshawa Public Library, or in the case of duplication, sold during a book sale with proceeds going to the ongoing preservation of the automotive reference collection. Please contact the museum for more information about donating library materials. 

Research Requests

Currently online access to the automotive library catalogue is not available. Research requests can be sent to or call 905-576-1222.