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“The library will be situated in the rear of the Parliament Building, and the plan is of a polygon of sixteen sides, 90 feet [27 m] in diameter; outside of the main room is an aisle of one story high, which is formed of a series of small retiring rooms, where persons desiring a few hours of uninterrupted study can secure it. The floors of this building, as well as those of the Departmental Buildings, are made of concrete, perfectly fire-proof; an invention not long adopted in Europe.”
from Hand Book to the Parliamentary and Departmental Buildings, Canada, by Joseph Bureau (1867)