The only part of the original Centre Block to survive a fire in 1916, the Library was saved by an employee - M. MacCormac - who closed the iron doors at the entrance of the building.
Built in the Victorian Gothic style (starting in 1859 and completed in 1876), its collection and services are used daily by Canadian Parliamentarians. Their work is done within the library's architecturally stunning surroundings, which include a parquet floor made of oak, cherry and walnut, and a beautiful lantern dome roof.
The interior and exterior of the library, which is featured on the Canadian $10 bill, were extensively restored and upgraded between 2002-2006.
Ok folks that's today's lesson over, however, I do want to tell you about Project Gutenberg click here
This is a place to get free e-books, I found it by accident today, while searching for some thing else to entertain myself, some times it really is good to be a dyslexic.
I spent loads of time today down loading books and had great fun doing so.
Here is some of the titles that are for free.
Charles Dickens: A tale of two cities, Oliver Twist.
Jane Austin: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma.
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass.
Sir Aurther Conan Doyle: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick.
James Joyce: Ulysses.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly: Frankenstein.
Bram Stoker: Dracula.
Mark Twain:The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A Connecticut Yankee in King Auther's Court.
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre.
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights.
P. G Woodhouse: My Man Jeeves.
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Jules Verne: Around the World in Eighty Days.
E.M Forrester: A Room With a Veiw.
Charles Darwin: On The Origin of Species.
The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version.
So as you can see a wide range of classics there for you to browse and so many , many more. They cover every thing from children's, science, crime,war, religion, every thing from Art to Westerns. Books can even be downloaded to palm organisers to smart phones, so if you like to travel light or space is a premium when travelling you need never be without a good book.
They also do audio books, CDs, DVDs, and digitized sheet music, you can even volunteer to help out with the web site. How fabulous is that!
Life's a journey, travel it well and take a good book for the boring bits!