has the distinction of being Canada’s newest territory. The legislature
held its first sitting on April 1, 1999.
Library of Nunavut is the youngest library in the territory; it was
established late in 1998 with the hiring of librarian Gayle Jessop by
the Office of Interim Commissioner of Nunavut. The delivery of information
services and the foundation of the collection began in a temporary location
until the library opened in the new legislature building in the fall
of 1999, with a reading and research area full of windows and light.
provides information and reference services in English and Inuktitut
and maintains a collection and an online catalogue in Nunavut’s
four official languages: Inuktitut, English, Inuinnaqtun and French.
Its primary clientele are Members of the Legislative Assembly, including
the Executive Council, Assembly staff members and MLAs’ constituency
staff. Government of Nunavut employees are a large client group as there
are few departmental libraries. The Library also welcomes members of
the public, including researchers from around the world, to use the
It is the
responsibility of the Legislative Library to collect and make accessible
all the public documents of the Government of Nunavut (GN). A repository
of GN e-documents is being built and hardcopy documents continue to
be added. The Library also holds the public documents from the Nunavut
Implementation Commission and the Office of the Interim Commissioner
which immediately preceded the new government. The general collection
includes reports of the Nunavut Land Claim organizations, annual reports
of Inuit organizations and items in various formats which focus on the
history and development of Nunavut.
has taken a lead role in the cataloguing of Inuktitut materials in non-Roman
(syllabic) script. This has provided syllabic search capability by author
and title for material published in Inuktitut.
has 2 full time permanent staff, one of whom is a librarian.
contact information is:
Nunavut Legislative Library
Canada XOA 0H0
Legislative Assembly website: http://www.assembly.nu.ca/