Former Parliamentary Librarian

Erik John Spicer

Parliamentary Librarian 1960 – 1994

Appointed Parliamentary Librarian at the age of 34, Erik John Spicer is the youngest person to ever hold the position. He came to the Library of Parliament after working with several public and university libraries, including the Ottawa Public Library and the University of Michigan Library. He was also the first Parliamentary Librarian with a degree in library science. Mr. Spicer was recognized for his service to Canada with the Order of Canada in 1994.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Mr. Spicer graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Library Science, and from the University of Toronto with a Master of Library Science, a Bachelor of Library Science and a BA. Mr. Spicer passed away in 2014.

Mr. Spicer was the Parliamentary Librarian during the unveiling of Canada’s official national flag in 1965 and the patriation of the Constitution in 1982.

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Ottawa, Ontario

Professional Background


Prime Ministers During Service

  • Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien
  • Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell
  • Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney
  • Rt. Hon. John Turner
  • Rt. Hon. Joe Clark
  • Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau
  • Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson
  • Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker