On Friday, March 19, 2007, the Government of British Columbia announced that it would be closing its Legislative Library at the end of the spring legislative session. There are tentative plans to convert the building to offices or ceremonial space after it undergoes earthquake-proofing.
If these plans go ahead, our legislators will no longer have ready access to the reference materials and, more importantly, the research librarians that they need to govern effectively. What has been publicly accessible space for 144 years will become partially or wholly off-limits to the public, and there are no guarantees that the spectacular architecture of the building will be preserved.
If this concerns you, please keep reading this blog and take action to help save this important democratic institution and irreplaceable architectural treasure. Save the B.C. Legislative Library!