Nostalgia Day…

Regular move updates will resume shortly.

Since we are still in a holding pattern a few of the library staff have been clearing up their offices in preparation for the move and we have  unearthed some interesting artifacts and memorabilia.

There are a number of staff members at the Bora Laskin Law Library (Bonnie, Nancy, Rashid and myself) who have been at the library since back before there was a Bora Laskin Law Library.

An artists rendering of the Law Library from the 1691-62 Calendar

An artist’s rendering of the old  Law Library from the 1961-62 Calendar

A photo of the reading room from the 1963-64 Calendar - still very much a male domain, not a woman in sight.

A photo of the reading room from the 1963-64 Calendar – still very much a male domain, not a woman in sight.

Prior to 1988 we were just called the University of Toronto Law Library; originally built in the early 1960’s and still interesting architecturally, by the 1980’s the library  was no longer large enough to house our collection or function as an adequate research or study space. It was cramped and dusty;  there was no  air-conditioning in the summer – I remember one poor student who’s mascara literally melted down her face one day during a particularly long and nasty heat wave – and there was way too much heating in the winter. The building was  joined to Falconer by a two story glass atrium with white and black checkerboard floor tiles and, what I always remember as a catwalk,  leading from the elevator and stairs in the atrium to the second floor where the stacks were housed.  By the time I arrived in 1986 the building had  been the home of  many generations of squirrels and sundry other house guests for years.  And so by the late 1980’s it was time to renew.

Ground Breaking Ceremony: July 14, 1988,  JRS Pritchard and David Peterson

Ground Breaking Ceremony: July 14, 1988,         JRS Pritchard and David Peterson

I remember the day of the ground breaking ceremony, July 14. 1988.  All the staff were given ceremonial (I am not sure they were really functional) hard hats and T shirts.  The dignitaries got to keep their commemorative shovels.

the last remaining hard hat and t-shirt.  From the crack that spontaneously

the last remaining hard hat and t-shirt.

Many books were packed away into storage and the remainder along with the library staff moved into a small corner of the Robarts Library and construction began

and so construction began.

Building the Bora Laskin Law Libary

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