Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Reduces Hours

Canada's national library and archives — located in the nation's capital, Ottawa — has had quite a year with making multiple changes in its open hours.

Back in the early 1990s, it used to be open 24 hours (both the library and archives), but as we inched towards 2000, the hours that it was open to the public began to decrease. This continued until last fall, when the hours took the largest cutback in the hours of operation.

Eventually, it was explained by the LAC that a reduction of monies budgeted did not align, and a lot of the records that genealogists were looking for were already online. Ergo, the cut in hours.

Now on July 7th, they have decided to post the new hours for the consultation rooms and the Canadaian Genealogy Centre, and they are -

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Open from 9:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. (For the reading room where the microfilm and microfiche reader are located, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

Tuesday and Thursday - Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (For the reading room where the microfilm and the microfiche reader are located, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

One bit of advice, if you are coming to Ottawa from out of town, go to their website first (to check on new security measures and how to get your research card), find out the correct hours, and then come and enjoy your visit.

Their website is <>.

Who is Elizabeth?

I started writing about Canadian genealogy in 1989. A newspaper reporter at that time, I re-discovered genealogy one day as I was going through some family research I had done before and putting my notes together. I was hooked!

I have been on the Internet for fourteen years with various interests in genealogy, but in 2004, I started a website, <>, as a gathering place for genealogists who had a particular spot in their heart for the latest in Canadian genealogy, history, heritage news, and endeavouring to fulfill that niche.

In 2005, I had a diabetic stroke which left my right side paralyzed, and I had to decide what I should do for the rest of my life. I decided to continue writing (I can't stop now) and today, here I am, writing for genealogy and history magazines (e.g. Everton's), websites (, and am editor of the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletters, NewsLeaf and its Internet sibling, e-NewsLeaf <>.

So, now I have returned to the Internet once again - this time with a blog <>.

If you have a meeting, event, website, or project that you would like publicized, I would love to hear from you!

Until then,

Happy Hunting!