Saturday, 29 June 2019

LAC drastically reduces access to restricted documents at 395 Wellington

Starting a month from now,  29 July 2019, those unable to research during regular business hours will have access to restricted document research at Library and Archives Canada cut off. Researchers coming from out of town will not be able to take advantage of extended hours meaning extra time and expense.

As of July 29, 2019, the restricted documents consultation room hours of service at 395 Wellington in Ottawa will be reduced to the following:

Monday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – No service
Statutory holidays – No service

To date, Saturday service has been from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the room has been open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends.

That means the room will now be open for 35 hours per week (excepting statutory holidays), reduced from 41 hours with attendants, and 91 hours per week total.

There appears to be no provision for those for whom this major reduction in service will mean hardship.

The reason given for the change is to better align with the Government of Canada’s security standards.


Barb said...

Dare we hope that this preposterous restriction of access will disappear in the much-anticipated OPL/LAC facility on LeBreton Flats? Or will fed gov policy dictate the opening hours there too?

The reason for the restriction strikes me as specious. Is the real reason budgetary - the fed gov's budget, not the researchers.

Retired LAC employee

Teresa said...

Wow - that certainly seems extreme! By security concerns, I wonder if that means they're cutting the Commissionaires' hours as well? Certainly there was always a Commissionaire at the desk, even into the evening. I worked there one summer in the 80s as a student. Heaven!