Explore the new state-of-the-art facility with Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada offers glimpse inside new facility

“Unlocking the Secrets of History: Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Storage Facility Open House”

The anticipation is building as Library and Archives Canada’s new Preservation Storage Facility, the world’s largest automated archival centre, is set to open its doors to the public this weekend. This state-of-the-art facility, with its innovative technology and immense storage capacity, promises to transport visitors into the heart of Canada’s rich history.

Exploring the Vaults: A Glimpse into the Future of Preservation

Joining the open house event will allow the public to witness the marvels of the Preservation Storage Facility firsthand. With automated cranes tirelessly at work and cameras providing live feeds from two of the six vaults, visitors will witness the intricate processes involved in storing documents for up to 500 years. It is a rare opportunity to see history being safeguarded for generations to come.

A Journey Through Time: Unveiling Canada’s Diverse Histories

Library and Archives Canada does not merely preserve one singular history of Canada but a multitude of histories that reflect the diverse experiences of its people. Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, emphasizes the importance of these collections in capturing moments, stories, and interactions that shape the nation’s identity. From works of art to historical records, the treasures within the facility offer a glimpse into the tapestry of Canada’s past.

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

The dedication of specialists from Library and Archives Canada in preserving historical records is evident in every aspect of their work. Jasmine Bouchard, assistant deputy minister, user experience, emphasizes the agency’s commitment to making Canada’s documentary heritage accessible to present and future generations. As visitors explore the Preservation Centre and engage with LAC’s team, they gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history and the efforts made to ensure its preservation.

A Legacy of Knowledge and Memory

As Library and Archives Canada celebrates its 20th anniversary and the completion of the collection’s relocation to the new Preservation Storage Facility, the open house event serves as a testament to its mandate. By acquiring, preserving, and providing access to Canada’s documentary heritage, LAC continues to support cultural, social, and economic development while serving as the enduring memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

Opening Doors to the Past and Present

The Preservation Campus at 625 du Carrefour Boulevard in Gatineau welcomes individuals of all ages to discover the wonders of the Preservation Centre and the Preservation Storage Facility. Admission is free, and reservations are not required, making this event accessible to all who wish to delve into Canada’s rich history.

In a world where the past shapes the present and guides the future, the Preservation Storage Facility stands as a beacon of knowledge and preservation. As visitors embark on this journey through time, they are reminded of the importance of safeguarding history for the generations to come. The open house event not only invites exploration but also encourages reflection on the impact of preserving Canada’s diverse and multifaceted heritage.



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