The New Canadian Library is a publishing imprint of the Canadian company McClelland and Stewart. The series aims to present classic works of Canadian literature in paperback. Each work published in the series includes a short essay by another notable Canadian writer, discussing the historical context and significance of the work. These essays were originally forewords, but after McClelland and Stewart's 1985 sale to Avie Bennett, the prefatory material was abandoned and replaced by afterwords.
It was founded by Malcolm Ross with the intention of providing affordable material for his students; David Staines has been the general editor of the series since 1986. In 2007 the University of Toronto Press published New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years, 1952-1978, a work by Janet Beverly Friskney that provides an account of the New Canadian Library during the years of Ross's editorship.
Titles in the New Canadian Library 
Novels and short story collections 
- Hubert Aquin, Next Episode
- Margaret Atwood:
- Yves Beauchemin, The Alley Cat, afterword by Kenneth Radu
- Earle Birney, Turvey, afterword by Al Purdy
- Neil Bissoondath, Digging Up the Mountains, afterword by David Staines
- Marie-Claire Blais:
- Fred Bodsworth, Last of the Curlews, originally with an introduction by John Stevens; later reissued with, instead, an afterword by Graeme Gibson
- Frances Brooke, The History of Emily Montague, afterword by Lorraine McMullen
- Ernest Buckler, The Mountain and the Valley, afterword by Robert Gibbs
- Morley Callaghan:
- Leonard Cohen:
- Ralph Connor:
- James De Mille, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, introduction by R. Watters (out of print)
- William Henry Drummond, Habitant Poems (out of print)
- Sara Jeannette Duncan, The Imperialist, afterword by Janette Turner Hospital
- George Elliott, The Kissing Man, afterword by Bonnie Burnard
- Marian Engel, Bear, afterword by Aritha van Herk
- Sylvia Fraser, Pandora, afterword by Lola Lemire Tostevin
- Mavis Gallant:
- Graeme Gibson, Perpetual Motion afterword by Ramsay Cook
- Gwethalyn Graham, Earth and High Heaven (out of print)
- Martin Allerdale Grainger, Woodsmen of the West, afterword by Caroline Adderson
- Frederick Philip Grove:
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton, The Clockmaker: The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville, afterword by Robert L. McDougall
- Paul Hiebert, Sarah Binks, afterword by Charles Gordon
- Jack Hodgins:
- Hugh Hood, Light Shining Out of Darkness and Other Stories, afterword by John Metcalf
- Anna Brownell Jameson, Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada, afterword by Clara Thomas
- A. M. Klein, The Second Scroll, afterword by Seymour Mayne
- Raymond Knister, White Narcissus, afterword by Morley Callaghan
- Margaret Laurence:
- Stephen Leacock:
- Rosanna Leprohon, Antoinette de Mirecourt, afterword by Heather Murray
- Hugh MacLennan:
- Alistair MacLeod:
- John Marlyn, Under the Ribs of Death, originally with an introduction by Eli Mandel; later reissued with, instead, an afterword by Neil Bissoondath
- Joyce Marshall, Any Time At All and Other Stories, selection and afterword by Timothy Findley
- Colin McDougall, Execution, afterword by Warren Cariou
- John Metcalf, Selected Stories (out of print)
- W.O. Mitchell, Who Has Seen the Wind afterword by Timothy Findley
- Rohinton Mistry:
- Lucy Maud Montgomery:
- Susanna Moodie:
- Brian Moore:
- Alice Munro, No Love Lost, afterword by Jane Urquhart
- Howard O'Hagan, Tay John, afterword by Michael Ondaatje
- Michael Ondaatje, Running in the Family, afterword by Nicole Brossard
- Martha Ostenso, Wild Geese, afterword by David Arnason
- Thomas H. Raddall, At the Tide's Turn and Other Stories (out of print)
- David Adams Richards:
- John Richardson, Wacousta, afterword by James Reaney
- Mordecai Richler:
- Ringuet, Thirty Acres, afterword by Antoine Sirois
- Charles G. D. Roberts, The Last Barrier and Other Stories (out of print)
- Sinclair Ross:
- Gabrielle Roy:
- Duncan Campbell Scott, In the Village of Viger, afterword by Tracy Ware
- Ernest Thompson Seton, Wild Animals I Have Known, afterword by David Arnason
- Robert Stead, Grain, afterword by Laurie Ricou
- John Steffler, The Afterlife of George Cartwright, afterword by Renée Hulan
- Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada, afterword by D.M.R. Bentley
- Jane Urquhart, The Whirlpool afterword by Lynn Coady
- Guy Vanderhaeghe, Man Descending, afterword by Leo McKay, Jr.
- Sheila Watson:
- Rudy Wiebe:
- Ethel Wilson:
- Adele Wiseman,
Poetry collections 
- Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings Through the First World War edited by Carole Gerson and Gwendolyn Davies
- Poets Between the Wars edited by Milton Wilson
- Poets of Contemporary Canada 1960–1970 edited by Eli Mandel
The Ross-McClelland Years: 1958-1978 New Canadian Library Titles 
- ^ Janet Friskney, "New Canadian Library," in Benson, Eugene and William Toye [eds.] The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997 (p. 794)
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