University of Manitoba - J.W. Crane Memorial Library (Deer Lodge Centre)

2109 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB



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The J.W. Crane Memorial Library of Gerontology and Geriatrics is Canada's largest and best-known special library on aging and long-term care. The "Crane" was established in 1962 by Dr. W.W. Priddle together with the Ontario Advisory Committee on Geriatric Studies. Dr. Priddle began the library with a seed collection bequeathed to him by the late Dr. J.W. Crane, a former Dean of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and a Canadian pioneer in geriatric research.

In 1970, ownership of the library was transferred to the Canadian Geriatric Research Society (CGRS) located in Toronto, which provided continued support for the ongoing growth of this valuable collection in geriatrics and gerontology. When the CGRS began winding down its operation in 1990, an appropriate home for this library was sought. After a review of numerous proposals from libraries across the country, Winnipeg's Deer Lodge Centre (DLC) was selected as the recipient of these resources. DLC already had a well established institutional library and, with a generous grant from the Winnipeg Foundation, was providing services and resources to nursing homes and health care workers across Manitoba. It was DLC's broad provinicial focus that was decisive for bringing the Crane collection to Winnipeg in May 1990.

The Crane Library became well known in Winnipeg, in Manitoba and throughout the country, as a national leader in geriatric research and programming. As part of a collaborative effort to coordinate and improve the provision of knowledge-based information services in the province, the Crane Library joined the Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Manitoba in September 2005, along wth the libraries of Misericordia and Riverview Health Centres.

The Library is located on the 1st floor of the Administration Building of the Deer Lodge Centre at 2109 Portage Avenue. As a branch of the University of Manitoba's Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, the Library supports the research and patient care activities of the staff of Deer Lodge Centre, Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg's 39 personal care homes, and the WRHA Long Term Care program. The Library is also available for use by University of Manitoba faculty, staff, and students. Patients, families, and the general public are also welcome to visit the Library.
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