Movin’ on up!

It’s been radio silence from me on the blog of late as I have been crazy busy moving the City of Coquitlam Archives to its new home. It has been exhausting and thrilling (and painful at times when we moved over 1400 boxes!) but the whole process has been incredibly rewarding!

I am now pleased to be able to share some photographs that I took along the way as well as an online exhibit that chronicles the move from our small location at Coquitlam City Hall to our new digs down the street, adjacent to the Coquitlam Public Library. I am really excited to be co-located with the Library as I think we will be able to capitalize on some joint GLAM’ness and find some synergy in our mandates as information institutions (yes, I used the word synergy and don’t worry, I am judging myself too!)

Check out the online exhibit here.

In addition to the exhibit, here is a collection of photographs that I took throughout the construction and some that show off the new space in all its glory (in my humble opinion):

Taking Down the Existing Walls

October 10 (3)
October 10
October 10 (2)

Building New Walls


Getting excited about my new office!


The Big Move


New High-Density Mobile Shelving


A New Home for the City of Coquitlam Archives

Our new Gallery Wall currently programmed with an exhibit about the move
Reference Desk, Public Work Space, Scanning Station, and Additional Work Station


My new office! With windows! 🙂 This truly is an archivist’s dream come true.
Main Entrance on Pinetree Way
The stunning window wraps tell a somewhat chronological story of Coquitlam’s past. It’s wonderful to see people stopping and discussing the photos.

This has been an absolute roller coaster of emotion and a load of hard work by a lot of people. But it was SO worth it. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for this wonderful archival program. If anyone is curious about any aspects of the move or designing the space, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I have learned a lot throughout this process and I would be happy to share! Now to get back to being an archivist…


Cover Photo

Entrance to City of Coquitlam Archives (Photo by Emily Lonie)

All images © 2018 Emily Lonie


3 thoughts on “Movin’ on up!

  1. Hi Emily, love your blog. The Australian Society of Archivists 2019 conference is about ‘Designing the Archive’ – will we see you there? Would be great opportunity to publish a paper and it would be lovely to meet you. It is in the beautiful city of Adelaide, South Australia – well worth a visit.

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