Library and Archives Canada’s New Preservation Facility

Architectural rendering of the new preservation facility being constructed behind our existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec

At the leading edge of Archival preservation

In 2015, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) received approval to plan and develop a new preservation facility to be constructed adjacent to the existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.

The project was identified as one of the priorities in LAC's Three-Year Plan 2016-2019: "We will implement our Long-Term Infrastructure Strategy, with a view to building a new state-of-the-art facility for preserving and providing access to our textual records."

The new preservation facility is a solution to Library and Archives Canada's ongoing and future needs for special purpose infrastructure that provides appropriate preservation and access space for LAC's analogue archival holdings.

LAC has already started to plan this exciting project. The facility will be built behind the existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau. If the procurement process is carried out as planned, construction will start in 2019 and the building will be operational three years later.

LAC will also take advantage of this major project to optimize the storage space at the existing Preservation Centre.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Capacity: Provide LAC with appropriate, secure, state-of-the-art archival preservation and access capacity
  • Centre of Excellence: Build on Library and Archives Canada as a centre of excellence that reinforces its role as a leader in the archival community
  • Flexibility: Provide flexible spaces that may be easily altered to meet future Library and Archives Canada needs and challenges
  • Sustainability: Maximize building sustainability while respecting collection and access requirements
  • Innovation: Improve program delivery and facility performance through creative, yet tested, solutions in design, construction and operation

Project Objectives

  • Long-term Real Property Plan (LTRPP)
    • Construction of the new preservation facility will allow LAC to further consolidate its archival holdings at its Gatineau campus while expanding its capacity for meeting future needs. It will also provide LAC with a renewed, state-of-the-art, sustainable real property portfolio for the foreseeable future
  • Support the storage and long-term preservation of LAC's existing and future analogue textual holdings
    • The new preservation facility will be designed to modern standards, using state-of-the-art technology to provide optimum conditions to facilitate the long-term preservation of LAC's textual archival holdings
    • Linking with LAC's existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau will reduce the risk posed by moving holdings between two buildings, while achieving operational efficiencies and minimizing duplication of infrastructure support
  • Promote Economic Growth
    • Strengthen the economy through local and regional job creation during construction of the facility
  • Provide Value for Money for Canadians
    • Provide a long-lasting asset that meets advanced preservation standards
    • Obtain and maintain the high quality asset at the lowest life cycle cost possible
    • Benefit from a return on investment
  • Foster Sustainable Development and Urban Integration
    • Build a facility that contributes to Gatineau's landscape by providing architectural quality and features that complement existing infrastructure
    • Support the federal government's sustainable development goals with a building design that meets the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, is suitable for the building's functions and provides the best possible compromise between sustainability goals and cost
    • Plan and construct a project that protects the surrounding natural environment through environmental monitoring and mitigation measures

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Photos and design

Design overview of the new preservation facility behind the current Preservation Centre

Preliminary design overview of the new preservation facility behind the current Preservation Centre

Another look at the design of the new preservation facility behind the current Preservation Centre

Another look at the preliminary design of the new preservation facility behind the current Preservation Centre

Overview of the planned public space near the new preservation facility

Overview of the planned public space near the new preservation facility

Picture of the site where the new preservation facility will be built

Picture of the site where the new preservation facility will be built

Picture of the area where the new preservation centre will be built

Picture of the area where the new preservation centre will be built

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