Legislative Library is the oldest library in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Its predecessor, the Northwest Government Library, was established at
Fort Livingstone in 1876 to support the Territorial Government for Northwest
Canada. When the Province of Saskatchewan was created in 1905, it remained
in Regina and became the Legislative Library of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s
first parliamentary librarian, John Hawkes, was appointed in 1907.
For a large part
of its history, the Library was the only research library and the only
government library in the Province. The earliest rural library services,
the Travelling Libraries and the Open Shelf Library, began under the
Legislative Library prior to the establishment of the Provincial Library.
As well, the Library also contributed to the development of provincial
archive services in Saskatchewan, the Archives being a branch of the
Legislative Library until the 1960s.
present-day mission is to further the parliamentary process in Saskatchewan
by providing authoritative and high quality information resources, services,
and expertise to the Legislative Assembly; maintaining and developing
the research and legislative collection; and ensuring the collection’s
present and future accessibility to parliamentarians, the Saskatchewan
public, and the civil service. The Library is committed to the principles
of confidentiality, non-partisan service, access to information, and
freedom of information.
The primary clientele
of the Library are Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff,
legislative officers, caucus staff, and Executive Council. Members of
the Legislative Assembly receive premium services including in-depth
research assistance, customized current awareness services (daily, weekly
media monitoring), and briefing kits. Government of Saskatchewan employees
are also provided with library services and borrowing privileges. The
Library welcomes the members of the public and special researchers to
use the library’s collection in-house.
Legislative Library is the official deposit library for all Saskatchewan
government publications (under The Legislative Assembly and Executive
Council Act, 2007, section 81), and as such, all Saskatchewan government
agencies are required to deposit copies of their printed and digital
publications with the Library.
Materials accessible through the Library include: legislative and statute
materials for all jurisdictions in Canada, Saskatchewan government publications
(current and historical), Statistics Canada publications, federal, provincial
and municipal government publications, foreign government and world
body publications, Saskatchewan newspapers (current and historical),
news media throughout North America, think tank publications, and a
comprehensive collection of Saskatchewan local histories.
collection seeks to provide basic coverage in most subjects and in-depth
coverage on topics of particular interest to Saskatchewan legislators
including current events, public administration, law, political science,
economics, history, biography, parliamentary practice and social issues.
are actively involved in research and development activities that relate
to information management, metadata, digitization, historical preservation,
and web-based information delivery. The Library also contributes to
the advancement of access to government information and parliamentary
library services via cooperation with a variety of consortia, associations,
The Library has a public web site at http://www.legassembly.sk.ca/library/
catalogue can be searched online at http://legislative.voyager.uregina.ca/
Legislative Assembly website: www.legassembly.sk.ca