Announcement Regarding the Closure of the PCC Book Room

/Announcement Regarding the Closure of the PCC Book Room

The Women’s Missionary Society Book Room, located at the national office, has been a feature of the building and a tremendous service for the denomination for the past 47 years. Susan Clarke is the present manager. The WMS, at its recent Council Executive meeting, announced that the Book Room will close as of June 30, 2015.

The national office assures all members of The Presbyterian Church in Canada that resources will continue to be distributed and people’s link for resources of the church will remain intact and will continue as a priority for the national church.

The Book Room was established as a department of the WMS in January 1967. The first manager was Mrs. Norma McComb, who was succeeded by Ms. Margaret MacDougall. Mrs. Dorothy Ruddell then became manager, followed by Ms. Trish Heidelbrecht and then by Ms. Susan Clarke on February 1, 2000.

This difficult decision has been taken in part due to the ease with which people can access books through electronic means and through ordering online. The WMS made this decision recognizing that many people cherish this service and have appreciated the excellent service of the Book Room and the Resource Distribution Centre with which it is identified.

The Book Room has been a valued resource with the PCC and the role the WMS has had in supporting it is deeply appreciated. The LMA and the WMS will be working closely together over the next year to ensure that the needs of ministers and congregations for the resources of the church are going to be served seamlessly during the transition and beyond. Ongoing telephone support for orders and enhanced web-based ordering of PCC resources, featured book and resources recommended by the PCC will all be a part of the transitional arrangements.

    The Rev. Sarah Kim
    Executive Director, WMS
    The Rev. Rick Fee
    General Secretary, LMA
2016-10-13T13:28:44+00:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: News|4 Comments


  1. Sandra Franklin-Law July 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news. As a rural minister, I rely heavily upon the bookroom for their wisdom and direction. Although I can access lots of resources on the web, a computer page is no substitution for talking to Susan and asking for her input. I appreciate the staffs ability to source out things in places I don’t know about. It is nice for book keeping that my teachers can order and put things through on a church account rather than the constant need for a Church Credit card (which is never going to happen!!!) I think this is a mistake and for those of us in the rural area it is very sad news. We will miss bringing in the book room displays. We will miss the great diversity of books, and most of all we will miss the wonderful staff.
    St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Eckville AB

  2. Emma Duncan June 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks to the staff of the Bookroom for their assistance over the years.

    God bless, Rev. Emma Duncan, Knox Presbyterian Church, Burlington, ON

  3. Calvin Presbyterian Church Abbotsford BC June 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you to all the staff at the Book Room for the terrific service over the years. We are very grateful!

  4. John McCartney June 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Our thanks goes out to Susan Clarke for her very dedicated assistance over the years, searching for not only publications, but little known items such as Presbyterian Lapel Pins.

    Kind regards,
    The Congregation of Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Church

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