West Territories Legislative Library
Legislative Library of the Northwest Territories evolved from the Government
Library of the Northwest Territories which had been established on May
9, 1973 and began operation in 1974. On January 18, 1990, former Speaker
Richard Nerysoo announced the decision of the Members of the 11th Legislative
Assembly to proceed with the construction of a permanent Legislative
Assembly building for the people of the Northwest Territories. On March
5, 1992, a Record of Decision directed the Government Library be transferred
from the Department of Culture and Communications to the Legislative
Assembly under the authority of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
to become the Legislative Library effective April 1, 1992. The Library
moved into its present location in the new Legislative Assembly building
in September 1993.
The Library provides reference and information services to the Members
of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, Legislative Assembly staff,
the Executive Council and employees of the Government of the Northwest
Territories, in that priority.
In order to provide
effective library services to all clientele, the collection of materials
is divided between two physical locations. Materials relevant to the
information and research needs of the Members of the Legislative Assembly,
the Office of the Clerk, and their staff are housed in the Legislative
Library in the Legislative Assembly building. Materials relevant to
the information and research needs of government employees are housed
in the Legislative Branch Library located in Yellowknife’s downtown
to the Library’s collection is available online
and can be viewed on public access computers in both the Legislative
Library and the Legislative Branch Library and.
The staff of the
Legislative Library compiles a monthly list of new titles acquired by
the Legislative Library and the Legislative Branch Library which focus
on areas of interest to Members of the Legislative Assembly and Government
of the Northwest Territories departments. Also included in the list
are articles of interest from periodicals and newspapers held in the
libraries. An annual Checklist of Government of the Northwest Territories
Publications is also produced on an on-going basis. These lists are
posted on the Legislative Assembly’s web site.
Library acquires and maintains a collection of materials including books,
government publications, reports, periodicals and newspapers with a
focus on northern and aboriginal issues, northern history, political
science, economics, public administration, health and social services.
The Legislative Library is the official depository for Government of
the Northwest Territories publications and acquires and maintains as
complete a collection of government publications as possible.
The media, researchers,
and the general public may also use the library but they may not borrow
materials and there is a restriction on the services they can access.
Library and Legislative Branch Library are each staffed with a librarian
and a library technician.
address, telephone number and Internet address are as follows:
Library of the Northwest Territories
Legislative Assembly Building
P.O. Box 1320
PH: (867) 669-2202
Legislative Assembly website: http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/home.aspx