Call for interest for parts of Radio-Canada’s inventory of books and periodicals

Radio-Canada is seeking educational institutions, libraries and non-profit organizations (hereinafter the “Institution”) to acquire, as is and without charge, one or more portions of its inventory of books and periodicals (hereinafter the “Inventory”).

This invitation constitutes a call for interest and in no way limits Radio-Canada’s ability to donate the Inventory to one or more interested Institutions. Radio-Canada is not committed to accepting an Institution’s proposal or any other specific proposal. It may consider any factor that it deems to be in the best interest of preserving and promoting the Inventory. Radio-Canada will prioritize educational institutions and libraries, followed by non-profit organizations. Acquisition proposals from individuals will not be considered.

The predominantly French-language Inventory comprises over 21,000 books in a wide range of categories, dating from 1906 to the present, and nearly 100,000 issues of periodicals in some 380 titles. Radio-Canada wishes to donate the periodicals by title, including all issues available in a given title. Some periodicals are available in microfiche and microfilm format. Institutions interested in acquiring all or part of the Inventory must intend to give the publications a second life. Furthermore, they must show that they have a place of business in Canada and that they are able to pack, handle, pick up at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal and carry away the Inventory or the portion of the Inventory of which they take possession, all at their own cost.

Call for Interest procedure:

  1. Expression of Interest Form – Interested Institutions can express their interest by completing the following online form. Upon receipt of the duly completed form, Radio-Canada will email the Institution a full list of the Inventory. Completing the Expression of Interest Form does not, in and of itself, constitute a formal commitment.
  2. On-site visit and pick-up – Institutions that have completed the Expression of Interest Form to Radio-Canada’s satisfaction will be invited, in the order of priority described in the second paragraph (above) and by random draw, to visit Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal to review the Inventory on the premises. They will then be permitted to take possession of the portion of the Inventory selected during their visit.

Institutions interested in acquiring one or more portions of the Inventory that Radio-Canada wishes to donate must submit their expression of interest by completing and submitting the following form online by no later than November 15, 2018. Any form received after this date will not be considered.

Only those Institutions that have completed the Expression of Interest Form to Radio-Canada’s satisfaction will receive the full, itemized Inventory list of books and periodicals offered as part of this Call for Interest and will be invited to visit Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal to review and take possession of the desired Inventory items on the premises. The Inventory list is provided for reference purposes only. The Call for Interest process is conducted by random draw and it is possible that items may no longer be available at the time of your visit.

Note that access to the Inventory will be limited and that the Institution must assume all risks and liabilities related to individuals representing it during the visit and throughout the process of taking possession of the Inventory.


The application period to submit the Expression of Interest Form is closed.

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