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Part 7 - The Legislative Library


The joint committee of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly established the New Brunswick Legislative Library in 1841. This action formalized the library's creation, which had taken place in 1784 when the province was first formed. During most of the 19th century, the library was located in Province Hall, the original legislative building. It is now located in the present Legislative Assembly Building which was erected during the period 1880-1882. New Brunswick's first parliamentary librarian, Mark Needham, was appointed in 1842.

The Legislative Library provides information, reference and research services to meet the needs of its principal clientele, the members of the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Library Act states: "The Legislative Library shall operate primarily for the use of the members of the Legislative Assembly and members of the departments..." As a resource library, it is available to the academic community and the general public. The library collections are strong in political science, economics, public policy, statute law and social questions. As well, there is a strong collection of New Brunswick publications and a rare book collection.

The Legislative Library has the largest collection of New Brunswick government publications. It contains publications from other provincial jurisdictions and is a full depository in both official languages of federal government material. To facilitate its use and to promote its collections, the library issues several publications: Selected Accessions = Liste sélective d'acquisitions (bimonthly); New Brunswick government documents checklist (quarterly and annually); Periodical Contents = Table des matières des périodiques (monthly); Library Update = Nouvelles sur la Bibliothèque (irregular), as well as several bibliographies and other listings.

Approximately 13,000 titles are available in the library's on-line catalogue. This on-line facility is called Maurice.

Microcomputers are used throughout the library. They provide access to a number of on-line databases, electronic mail, word processing and research support. The library subscribes to a wide range of commercial database systems and CD-ROMs which collectively cover many subjects. The databases are accessed through the library microcomputers and provide timely, pertinent access to books and periodical and newspaper references. The news databases provide full texts of major regional and international newspapers. Reference staff are available for research assistance.

The library press clipping service selects from the four New Brunswick daily newspapers as well as four New Brunswick weekly newspapers.

All requests are treated in a confidential, nonpartisan manner.



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