In an effort to give back to the community, Radio-Canada is issuing a call for interest today to find libraries, educational institutions or non-profit organizations capable of making part of its inventory of books and periodicals available to students and/or the general public. Selected organizations will ultimately be able to acquire one or more portions of the inventory at no charge.
The predominantly French-language inventory comprises over 21,000 books in a wide range of categories, dating from 1906 to the present, and nearly 100,000 issues of periodicals, representing some 380 titles. Radio-Canada wishes to donate the periodicals by title, including all issues available in a given title.
This invitation constitutes a call for interest and in no way limits Radio-Canada’s ability to donate the inventory to one or more interested institutions. Radio-Canada may consider any factor that it deems to be in the best interest of preserving and promoting the inventory. Radio-Canada will give priority to educational institutions and libraries, followed by non-profit organizations.
Starting today, interested institutions, libraries and organizations can express their interest by completing the Expression of Interest Form at Radio-Canada.ca/heritage. The deadline for receiving online submissions is Thursday, November 15, 2018.
The purpose of this call for interest is to give a second useful life to books and periodicals no longer in active use at Radio-Canada and make them more widely available to the community. It is being conducted in consultation with Library and Archives Canada, which will retain a selection of Canadian titles. This exercise is in line with ongoing efforts to responsibly manage Radio-Canada’s inventories and collections in preparation for the move to the new MRC, slated for 2020.