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About the Arthur A. Wishart Library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges

The Arthur A. Wishart Library moved to its current location in June 1989. The Library is named after the late The Hon. Arthur A. Wishart, LL.B., Q.C., resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Attorney-General of Ontario 1964-1971 and an outstanding friend of Algoma University. The Library is located west of the main campus building, Shingwauk Hall, and is easily distinguishable by its green roof. Access to and exit from the Library is on the Third floor connected to the main campus by a link.

The Library building was designed in 1988 by local architect Chris Tossell. His design draws on the historic elements of Shingwauk Hall, the University's first building and site of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School building constructed in 1935 and which was designed in the style of a late Elizabethan "E" plan residence. Specific design features also adapted the building to the northern Ontario winters . These include the steep roof pitches and the use of a durable but warm coloured clay brick. Distinguishing architectural features within the library include a skylight running the length of the ceiling of the main floor and many additional windows which provide a light, airy atmosphere and stunning views of St. Mary's River, to the south, throughout the seasons.

The seating capacity, on 2 floors provides seating for 180 patrons. On the mezzanine, overlooking the first floor of the library, there are 16 computer stations for patron use in addition to those available on the first and lower floors. The library is wheelchair accessible with the exception of the mezzanine. There is an elevator in the link between the library and Shingwauk Hall that arrives just outside the library's main entrance on the third floor. The library itself has an elevator to connect its two floors.

"Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library." - Barbara Tuchman

Shingwauk Hall ca. 1950

Shingwauk Hall ca. 1950 from the Rev. Canon Harry Morrow fonds, SRSC, Algoma University  Ref#:2010-015_001_005_001

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