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University of Toronto Libraries and National Library of China partner in new agreement for academic cooperation

March 22, 2013

TORONTO, ON –Representatives from the University of Toronto Libraries and the National Library of China will sign an agreement for academic cooperation on Monday, March 25 at 11 am.

The institutions, each of which holds the largest collection in its respective country, have been working together for several years to exchange materials, knowledge and best practices. This new international partnership will build on existing cooperative relations to focus on areas such as conservation and preservation, digitization of rare materials, staff exchanges and training programs to enhance skills in material processing, preservation and research, and the exchange of publications.

The collaboration will result in broader access to information both in China and in Canada. Both local scholars and members of the public will benefit from this resource sharing agreement which will enhance collections available through the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto, which are open to the public.

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, behind Harvard and Yale. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses. The National Library of China, ranked fifth in the world for square footage and collections, is a comprehensive research library, a national bibliographic center and repository of Chinese publications, and a library research and development center.


WHAT: Signing Ceremony for the Agreement for Academic Cooperation between the University of Toronto Libraries and the National Library of China

WHERE: Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, University of Toronto

WHEN: Monday, March 25: 11:00 am

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Wall
Communications Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries
Tel: (416) 978-1757