The Library Of Parliament is the only surviving part of the original Centre Block, situated behind the building on the north side of the property. During the 1916 fire, a fast acting clerk quickly sealed the heavy iron doors to the library, thus saving this structure from the blaze that destroyed the rest of the building. It is adorned with wood, filled with bookshelves, and is a glorious sight to behold. The Library and its satellite locations around the National Capital Region are available for parliamentarians and their staff in research work, with a highly trained staff at their disposal. Restoration work has been done here in recent years, though the Library will be inaccessible due to the Centre Block work, and so books are presently being moved to those satellite locations.
A statue of Queen Victoria stands at its heart. Crests of provinces as they would have been organized at the dawn of the 20th century can be glimpsed amid the woodwork.
A series of display panels are found here. They include this one that refers to the work of Parliament and speeches made by foreign leaders. Winston Churchill, for instance, spoke to the House of Commons in December 1941, when he gave his Some Chicken, Some Neck speech to assembled Canadian parliamentarians.
Here we have a view of the ceiling.
I could be quite happy in here, oh... for the rest of my days. I have more inside here tomorrow.