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Moving books out of the Library of Parliament in the Centre Block building is a lot harder than it may seem, and not only because of the sheer volume of its collection, which includes more than 600,000 books. With 8.7 kilometres of shelf run and only one service elevator to transport those books, many of which are bound for storage in Gatineau, Que., and other considerations at play, the library staff has to methodically plan which spots to

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More than eight kilometres of shelf run and one service elevator: inside the Library of Parliament’s move out of Centre Block

By Beatrice Paez       

Part of the complexity behind the move is that the books have to be packed in an order that makes sense organizationally, along with the fact that the library space itself—with the intricate carvings of flowers and mythical beasts that adorn the shelves—has to be protected.

Sonia Bebbington, director general of information and document resource service, said library staff have purposely focused on moving the basement-level collection first. But in a few weeks' time, the 'visual impact' of the move out of Centre Block will be more apparent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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