LIBRARIES have operated in BC since the days of the FUR TRADE, when the NORTH WEST CO and the HBC provided libraries for traders stationed at remote posts. As the province developed and many immigrants and FIRST NATIONS people followed the resource industries from place to place, libraries or reading rooms were established in MINING, LOGGING, SAWMILLING and FISHING communities.

The first recorded library in BC belonged to John McKay, the surgeon aboard the ship Experiment, whose crew explored...

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