Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce that it will be enhancing its collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL), bringing to a close a process launched last year through a call for interest to organizations in British Columbia.
Starting in the spring of 2017, LAC will offer in-person services to the public from an exciting new location in the heart of Vancouver.
LAC’s presence in VPL’s Central Library downtown—a highly popular, architecturally-acclaimed knowledge and cultural facility—will give more Canadians better access to their national heritage. LAC’s clients in the Pacific region will benefit from expanded LAC orientation services and future collaborative initiatives such as exhibitions and public programming.
Local archival records from INAC staying in the Vancouver area
LAC currently has a warehouse and offices in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby where researchers can access the local collection. Clients visiting LAC at our new service point will continue to have access to the archival records created by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and its predecessor institutions in British Columbia and the Yukon. As part of this transition, the remainder of the archival collections from Burnaby will be available for consultation at LAC’s facility in Ottawa or by obtaining copies through LAC’s reprography service.
- LAC will offer its orientation and reference services from a service desk located within VPL’s Central Library Special Collections area on the 7th floor.
- Clients coming on-site will also have access to LAC’s specialized databases and vast collection of digital online content such as census files, photos, films, sound recordings, art, maps, etc.