The Preservation Centre in Gatineau, the crown jewel of documentary preservation in Canada, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. To mark this milestone, the Preservation Centre will open its doors to the public for two full days on June 9 and 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to tour this modern-day Parthenon at 625 Boulevard du Carrefour in Gatineau. Come and admire the archival treasures stored within its walls. Stroll through its vaults, discover the works of Canadian artists, and find out what our experts are doing every day to preserve Library and Archives Canada's vast collection.
48 storage vaults
The Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre, which opened in June 1997, was built to preserve the country's documentary heritage. Everything is designed to guarantee optimal conservation conditions. The building has 48 storage vaults, over three floors, with each vault measuring 350 m2. The vaults were built to protect the collection from every type of threat and include a sophisticated fire detection and suppression system.
The three stories of vaults are topped by preservation laboratories, which are arranged in a village-like setting. Featuring architecture inspired by the Canadian Prairies, the Preservation Centre brings Library and Archives Canada preservation experts together in an environment perfectly suited to their work.
We look forward to seeing you!
June 9 and 10, 2017
From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
625 Boulevard du Carrefour, Gatineau
Admission is free. Children are welcome but must be under constant parental supervision.
For security reasons, bags (backpacks, purses, diaper bags, etc.) are not allowed inside the Preservation Centre.
Your visit should take approximately one hour. It will consist of a self-guided tour along a route devised by Library and Archives Canada.
Library and Archives Canada in numbers
- 250 km of textual records
- More than 30 million photographs
- More than 22 million books
- More than 3 million maps
- More than 550,000 hours of audio and video recordings
- 4.5 billion megabytes of digital content
- More than 425,000 Canadian works of art