petit piton, gros piton, st lucia, cerlac

Petit & Gros Pitons, St. Lucia | Photo courtesy of Alyssa James


The CERLAC Resource Centre

The CERLAC Resource Centre contains extensive collections on a variety of themes. Holdings consist mostly of Spanish and English language publications and communications, with some material also in Portuguese and French, dating from the 1970s and extending up to the 1990s on some themes and up to the present on others.

The collection includes two unique self-contained libraries:

  • The library of the Latin American Working Group/LAWG, a vast collection of
    materials on human rights, popular organizations, Canadian solidarity
    activities, and other issues from the 1970s to the 1990s, with particularly
    extensive documentation on Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
  • The library of the International Commission for Coordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW), a large collection of documents and publications on the world sugar industry, including labor organizations in the industry and much material on the Caribbean and Latin America, up to the turn of the 21st century.

In addition, the Resource Centre contains:

  • Collections of major journals, both academic and political
  • Thematic collections, with particularly extensive sets of documents and reports on:

The country sections of the Caribbean region, Central America, and South America include publications from the regions' major research centers and universities.

Many of the publications of CERLAC Fellows and associated graduate students and post-graduate scholars are also available.

The collection is non-circulating but is available to students, faculty, and other researchers.


Resource CentreThe Collection forms one component of the Resource Centre, located on the 6th floor of the Kaneff Tower.

The same facility houses the collections of two other York-based research centres (the York Centre for Asian Research and the Centre for Refugee Studies). The collections of the three centres, though housed in the same facility, are maintained separately.

A basic Floor Plan guide to the portion of the Resource Centre occupied by the CERLAC Collection can be downloaded here CERLAC-ResourceCentre.

In addition to these documentation holdings, The Resource Centre offers study and meeting space for researchers' use.

The Resource Centre is open to the public 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, holidays excepted, during the regular academic year (September-April).

For access during the summer term (May-August) or outside of regular hours, contact CERLAC at (416)736-5237 or