Doors Open Ottawa: an impressive turnout

On Sunday, June 5, several hundred visitors took advantage of Doors Open Ottawa—an event with over 130 participating organizations—to discover or rediscover the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) facility at 395 Wellington Street.

This public event gave visitors a wealth of opportunities, including a chance to find out more about the history and construction of the building, to have insider access to the room housing the Jacob M. Lowy Collection (rare Hebraica and Judaica), to watch a book conservator at work, and to talk to LAC’s experts about various topics such as comic books, a diary about Louisbourg, and the protection of fundamental documents such as the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Library and Archives Canada is a veritable mainstay of downtown Ottawa. Its doors are open almost all year round, closing only on statutory holidays. The institution allows Canadians, in particular researchers, students, and genealogy buffs, to consult documents from our collection.

LAC rolled out the welcome mat for hundreds of visitors on Sunday, June 5 as part of Doors Open Ottawa!
LAC rolled out the welcome mat for hundreds of visitors on Sunday, June 5 as part of Doors Open Ottawa!

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of visitors at Library and Archives Canada
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of visitors at Library and Archives Canada

Guided tours offered a behind-the-scenes look at LAC’s facilities at 395 Wellington St. in Ottawa
Guided tours offered a behind-the-scenes look at LAC’s facilities at 395 Wellington St. in Ottawa

Visitors had an opportunity to chat with LAC specialists: archivists, conservators, librarians and curators.
Visitors had an opportunity to chat with LAC specialists: archivists, conservators, librarians and curators.

One of the biggest hits of Doors Open Ottawa at LAC: our new exhibition on Canadian comic books – it runs until Sept. 14
One of the biggest hits of Doors Open Ottawa at LAC: our new exhibition on Canadian comic books – it runs until Sept. 14
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