Visitors to Library and Archives Canada will notice an addition at the front of the building at 395 Wellington. While walking past the landmark Secret Bench of Knowledge an employee, well known genealogist Sylvie Tremblay, tripped on uneven paving stones. Her arm was in a cast since before Christmas which is now removed. The area in front of the steps is now covered with a wooden frame and matting (the matting has subsequently been removed). The bench is off to one side.
You will also find a new security station on the 3rd floor. It was staffed but not fully operational when I was there on Monday.
Clients of Library and Archives Canada who use our public research/consultation facilities at 395 Wellington will notice the presence of a new security desk on the third floor of this building as of January 21, 2008
This is one of several new security measures which were approved by Library and Archives Canada's Management Board in 2007 and is intended to enhance the security for our collections, employees and visitors.
Full-time security presence on the third floor, the security post in the foyer is operational from:
- 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends
Increased rounds on the second floor by security personnel.
What changes are being implemented?
- Inspection of bags on entry and exit from the third floor
- More frequent rounds in consultation rooms by security personnel
- Enforcement of the requirement for clients and visitors to wear their identification cards at all times, as per the Regulations Governing the Use of Research Materials and Facilities
- Revised sign-out procedures and random inspection of bags at the ground floor security desk.