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464 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE visitors can wander through pulling books off the shelves on their own.) The staff areas of the library include a dumbwaiter that can be loaded up to transport books between the various floors. The staff areas are also home to the oldest elevator still in operation in the province. The stacks include materials of all kinds, from provincial government publications on topics such as beekeeping and strawberry culture, to history, biography and numerous other materials. There are so many volumes that even library staff occasionally make unexpected finds, among them a book signed by former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt. Digitization efforts are ongoing and making the Legislative Library’s collection more accessible to remote clients and to the public. In the fine tradition of libraries preserving important works of all kinds for future generations, the Legislative Library also holds an important and impressive collection of rare books, some purchased but many donated. Those books include a first edition of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and a complete copy of William Shakespeare’s Second Folio. The latter is currently on loan to the University of Victoria. The Legislative Library is a provincial treasure that should be celebrated. It is an important facet of making and recording law and, beyond that, it forms part of the province’s rich cultural, social and architectural tapestry. ENDNOTES 1. “In British Columbia, the proper name for the buildings in which the Legislative Assembly or Legislature meets is the Parliament Buildings. … The Parliament Buildings received their name from the Act of the Legislative Assembly that allowed for their construction The Parliament Buildings Construction Act, 1893. … Since then, all other relevant Acts of the Legislative Assembly refer to the buildings as the Parliament Buildings” online: <www.leg.bc.ca>. 2. Emily Yearwood-Lee, “Legislative Library Timeline” (December 2009) at 1, online: <www.llbc.leg.bc.ca /public/llbcdoc/leglibrarytimeline.pdf>, citing the following three sources: “Behind the Scenes Politician Founded Provincial Library”, Daily Colonist (10 December 1967) at 6; “To R E Gosnell Goes Credit for BC Provincial Library”, Times (8 May 1943) at 5 (magazine); Annual Report 1894/Provincial Library and Archives (Victoria: Provincial Library and Archives, 1894) at 1–2. 3. For a brief summary of the curious demise of Mr. Rattenbury (who also designed the old Vancouver Courthouse, the Crystal Gardens and the Empress Hotel) see (2008) 66 Advocate 670 at endnote 6. 4. Online: <www.leg.bc.ca/content-leglibrary/Pages/ Legislative-Library.aspx>. 5. Yearwood-Lee, supra note 2 at 3, citing Annual Report 1942/Provincial Library and Archives (Victoria: Provincial Library and Archives, 1942) at 8. 6. RSBC 1996, c 260. 7. Ibid, s 1. 8. Ibid, s 2. 9. Ibid, s 3(1). t t t t t


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