Visit to the Great Library at the Law Society of Upper Canada

On December 8 2016, we visited the Great Library at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Reference and Web Librarian Stefan Jurgens was our host. It was an educational and interesting experience looking at a slice of Toronto’s history.

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The first room that we saw was reminiscent of a cathedral with its stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Here is Mr Jurgens showing us around this historic hall.

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This room holds the American legal collection in this library, with many historic American tomes & documents, like the one below:

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Here is the majestic reading room (an enforced quiet space) with its historic mantel and gorgeous ceiling.

The reading room includes a memorial for those who gave their lives in the Great War:img_20161208_102828

Here are just a few of the historic documents that we were shown:

These are some of the stack collections in this extensive library, including a fantastical shelf ladder straight out of Beauty and the Beast!

We are grateful to Mr. Jurgens for the tour and he has graciously invited us back. This library was a marvelous example of a professional setting for MI grads interested in special libraries and law libraries in particular.

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