The Rhéa-Larose Library celebrates 50 years

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Rhéa-Larose Library of the Université de Moncton, Edmundston Campus (UMCE), celebrated its 50th anniversary on November 30 with a reception.

The library was inaugurated on October 25, 1968 and today occupies the same spaces as originally. Until about 10 years after its opening, the library only occupied the floor. Then, she installs on the ground floor the collections of periodicals, government publications, reference works, the Center for Documentation and Studies Madawaskayenne (CDEM) as well as the services of reference and binding.

With the merger of Saint-Louis colleges in Edmundston and Maillet de Saint-Basile in the early 1970s, the library will experience a first major change because it will serve both institutions.

In 1999, the contribution of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in the education of girls in Madawaska will be highlighted when the library will be named Rhéa-Larose, founder of Collège Maillet.

In 2010, the digital world is shaking up the world of information and the book must now cohabit with digital. The management of the UMCE decides to invest to renovate the entire library. This will be the first major renovation since its opening, that is to say after 42 years. The opening of the new CCNB – Edmundston Campus (juxtaposed with the UMCE) in September 2011 gives rise to a new synergy between the two institutions that will lead to the development of the concept of EDUPOLE and the establishment of a model of unique cohabitation. This is when the Rhéa-Larose Library is designated as a cohabitation space and becomes a shared service between the UMCE and the CCNB – Edmundston Campus.

Since its existence, the library has supported teaching, research and community service. Through its paper and electronic collections, it meets the needs of faculty members and the student community. In addition, the Rhéa-Larose library is fully involved in community service, particularly through its contribution to the Edmundston Book Fair. And in collaboration with the Madawaska Historical Society, the CDEM was created to ensure the safeguarding and dissemination of the Madawaskayan heritage.

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