Western Libraries Digitized Collections

Barnett Legacy Collection

John Davis Barnett donated over 40,000 books and thousands of pamphlets, the largest single gift ever received by a Canadian library, to the University of Western Ontario in August 1918 and became Western's first librarian. Barnett's goal was to provide the nucleus of a national library, and so the donation was received with the understanding that his books would be available to everyone. 

Read more about John Davis Barnett, or view the same information as a StoryMap About John Davis Barnett.

The Barnett Legacy Collection includes digitized versions of books from Barnett's original donation.  Read more about the Barnett Legacy Project.

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