The roots of Ontario’s
Legislative Library go back to 1792 - 75 years before Canadian Confederation
- to the libraries that served the province of Upper Canada and the
United Province of Canada. The first librarian, Robert Baldwin Sullivan,
was appointed in 1827. By the early 1900s the Library housed one of
the most important reference collections in Canada. The Library was
forced to rebuild this collection after a fire in 1909 that destroyed
the west wing and Library of the parliament buildings. The Library moved
to its current location in 1912.
Beginning in the
1970s, when the Library was reorganized and expanded to proactively
meet the specific information needs of Members and the Office of the
Assembly, the Library’s professionally trained and expert staff
has introduced innovative research and reference services and created
customized information products that support the changing role of Members
working within an electronic age. These include the introduction of
a research service to provide analysis of issues and support to Members
and legislative committees, an online catalogue, access to a large variety
of databases, a content-rich website, a unique and extensive digital
repository of government documents, the digitization of historical legislative
documents and comprehensive print and electronic news services.
Library plays an active role in the parliamentary library community
in Canada and in the Ontario Government library community and is participating
in a province-wide consortium of libraries to provide secure access
to digital documents.
While the Library’s program mix, service design and technology
have changed dramatically over the past two centuries, the goal of providing
authoritative, timely and non-partisan answers and research to meet
Members' information needs remains its driving force.
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