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Photograph of the Library of Parliament after 1885
Title page of On the Position of a Constitutional Governor under Responsible Government, by Alpheus Todd, 1878
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When the competition to design the Parliament Buildings was announced in 1859, Alpheus Todd (1821-1884), the librarian of the Legislative Assembly, drafted a memorandum in which he described the circular, domed Library of Parliament that stands today. The richly ornamented library testifies to the skill of the many individuals who participated in its construction, but it was the librarian's advice that enabled the building to survive the fire that destroyed the adjoining Centre Block in 1916:
Orders-in-council record the diverse work involved in creating the library's physical and literary content.