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U of T library system receives archival donation from the honourable Vivienne Poy

October 30, 2012

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto Libraries will be the repository for the archival records of The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy who retired in September from the Senate of Canada, after 14 years of service. Chief Librarian Larry Alford will host a reception and ceremony marking Dr. Poy’s retirement and her archival donation at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library in Robarts Library on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

“The University of Toronto Libraries system is a national treasure and regarded as a key resource by leading scholars worldwide. We congratulate Dr. Poy on her distinguished record in public service and we are honoured to receive her archive as an addition to our collections which feature the personal papers and historical records of many prominent Canadians,” said Chief Librarian Larry P. Alford.

In attendance at the ceremony will be: Mr. Li Fang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto; Mr. Kwang-Kyun Chung, Consul General of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Stephen Siu, Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office; and Mr. Godwin Chan, Councillor, Richmond Hill.

The U of T library system recently announced that it retained its status as one of the top three library systems in North America – after Harvard and Yale – according to the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL) rankings. U of T was the only Canadian university in the top 10. The Libraries at U of T have placed among the ARL’s top five research libraries since 2002-2003 and is comprised of 44 individual libraries that hold more than 12 million volumes in 128 languages; 93,000 serial titles; and over 28,000 linear metres of archival material.


For more information, please contact:

Megan Campbell
Director of Advancement
University of Toronto Libraries
Tel: (416) 978-7644

U of T Media Relations office
Tel: (416) 978-0100