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Vancouver Public Library fonds
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on provenance of fonds.
- Variations in title: previously called "Vancouver Public Library Board fonds"
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1868-2001, predominant 1887-1977 (Creation)
- Vancouver Public Library
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0.96 m of textual records
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The Act of Incorporation of 1886 empowered City Council to pass, alter, and repeal by- laws for "purchasing, acquiring, holding, managing, and maintaining real property and buildings for the purpose of a free public library or a partial free library in the city, and any branches thereof, and for the maintenance and upkeep of any such library or libraries; and for appointing a Library Board for the management and control of such library or libraries." The Vancouver Public Library was established in December 1887 by a citizen's Board. From 1887 to 1890, the City Librarian acted on a voluntary basis. In 1890, Council voted money to support the library and began to appoint members to the Library Board. The library operates under the Library Act
([RSBC 1996] c. 264). The duties of the Council-appointed Board include: the power to make rules and regulations for its own guidance and for the government of the library; the preparation of budget estimates to meet the expenses of maintaining and managing the library; control over expenditure of all monies levied or provided by Council for library purposes and all moneys granted, donated or bequeathed to the Board; the power to appoint a librarian and assistants, prescribe rules for their conduct and fix their compensation and the power to remove such appointees; the keeping of distinct accounts; the preparation of an annual report and; the power to negotiate and enter into agreements for group insurance for the benefit of members of the Board and of its employees. In 1982, the Vancouver Public Library Board consisted of one Council member and ten other persons appointed for two-year terms. The library is funded with grants from the civic and provincial governments. Directors of the Vancouver Public Library have included: Aileen Tufts (? - 1987), Madeleine Aalto (Apr. 1988 - ).
Scope and content
Fonds consists of the following record series, relating to the administration of Vancouver's public library system (and including one very early collected item, relating to Burrard Inlet's first library). Also included within the "Publications in City Publications collection" series are sundry publications of the Vancouver Public Library itself.
--Vancouver (B.C.). Library Board
----Annual reports, 1948-2001, 7 cm, series 612
----Board minutes and correspondence, 1868-1977, 38 cm, series 482
----Publications in City Publications Collection, 1948-1998, ca. 50 cm, series 611
--Vancouver (B.C.). Mechanics Institute Library (Moodyville, B.C.).
----Minutes, 1868-1884, 1 cm, series 622
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For articles on aspects of Vancouver Public Library history see PAM 1996-48 and PAM 2000-5.