Library and Archives Canada has put a moratorium on buying paper documents and books for its collection.

Doug Rimmer, assistant deputy minister of programs and services at Library and Archives Canada, told CBC News this week the moratorium is temporary and only applies to items it buys. It will still acquire documents other ways, including gifts and donations, websites and government records.

Rimmer said the archives spends about $1 million a year buying publications, and is reviewing whether that will continue in the digital age.

The moratorium is a blow to antiques dealers and antiquarian booksellers. Aubrey Bell, co-owner of Gallery 18 in New London, P.E.I., said his shop has sold a number of antique books and other publications to the National Library over the years.

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