posted Jun 7, 2013, 6:51 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience
Cuts and Closures at Canada’s federal libraries
Federal libraries are an important part of Canada’s cultural heritage. These specialist
libraries house some of Canada’s most important collections. For instance, the Human
Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) Libraries include the largest collection
of books in Canada on the social sciences. The libraries’ physical collections will
be entirely phased out by March 31, 2013.
The fate of the HRSDC libraries is not unique. Dozens of federal departmental libraries
across the country are destined for closure within the next two years. No studies
were done to assess the impacts of these closures, and for many of the libraries
affected there is no clear plan for what will be down with their collections. Where
plans have been developed, departments indicate that their libraries’ historically
valuable material will be relocated to Library and Archives Canada. However, given
that acquisitions at LAC have been dramatically diminished, the likelihood that
it will be able to cope with a massive influx of material from departmental libraries
is small. Library material qualified as “non-mandate” by departments will be offered
to other departments or employees, sold through Crown Assets Distribution, or destroyed.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
- CRA is consolidating its nine existing libraries into one, the location of which
has yet to be determined.
- LAC’s Staff Resource Center closed November 1, 2012
- The Public Service Commission (PSC) is in the process of closing its library. Plans
regarding the disposition of PSC’s Library collection have not been finalized.
Citizenship and Immigration (CIC)
- The CIC library closed March 31, 2012
- Parks Canada will consolidate 5 libraries into one. Regional libraries located in
Calgary, Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Halifax will be consolidated into the Cornwall,
- National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy was eliminated. Its library
will close by March 31, 2013.
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
- The DFO will close 7 of its libraries, leaving two principal and two subsidiary
locations. Consolidation completed September 2012.
- The Documentation Service and library of the Canadian Cultural Centre at the Canadian
Embassy in Paris have been closed since June 21, 2012.
Human Resources and Skills Development
- HRSDC will close its libraries in Gatineau, Quebec, and Montreal. The closures will
be complete by March 31, 2013.
National Capital Commission
- National Capital Commission Library closed in 2012.
- Natural Resources Canada is set to close six of fourteen libraries in 2012-2013:
two in Ottawa, one in Varennes, Quebec; one in Edmonton, Alberta; and another in
western Canada. In 2014, another Ottawa library will be closed.
- Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is expected to significantly reduce
and eventually close its library.
Public Works and Government Services
- PWGSC closed its library on May 31, 2012
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
- Transport Canada closed its library in 2012.