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The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) Donates Unique Works to Library and Archives Canada

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OTTAWA, May 4, 2009 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to add to its collection of rare and unique works 35 new titles, a priceless gift from the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek). These unique records will be on display during a celebration to be held Tuesday, May 5, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. The date of May 5 commemorates the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops during the Second World War.

In 2008, an employee of Library and Archives Canada discovered a children's book entitled Hi Ha Canada, the story of Canadian soldiers deployed to the Netherlands during the Second World War. LAC subsequently purchased this book, and has since maintained a close relationship with the National Library of the Netherlands. In view of LAC's considerable interest in the Canadian army's presence on Dutch soil during the war, the National Library of the Netherlands decided this year to make this donation of unique works documenting this period of shared history.

"These books and records are of inestimable value and give us a better understanding of our history. This gift attests to the enduring gratitude of the Dutch towards Canadians, particularly the Canadian soldiers who liberated the Netherlands during the Second World War," said Ingrid Parent, Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives Canada.

"These works testify to the special bond between Canada and the Netherlands in a very direct and pure way. They belong to our shared heritage and we are delighted to cherish this together," said Martin Bossenbroek, deputy Director General at National Library of the Netherlands.

Produced between 1945 and 2005, these treasures include children's books, historical works, novels, personal accounts, a collection of songs and music, as well as guidebooks and commemorative publications.

Please consult the LAC website www.collectionscanada.gc.ca for additional information about these activities.

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LAC preserves the country's documentary heritage as a source of enduring knowledge accessible to present and future generations of Canadians. LAC also facilitates cooperation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge and serves as the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions.

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Information:

Isabelle Vigneault
Media Relations Officer
Library and Archives Canada
819-934-7530

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Anna Rijk
Senior Advisor Communications & Public Diplomacy
613 237-5031 x 231 / mobile: 613 218 7451
anna.rijk@minbuza.nl