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.
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.
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.
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