When the new chancery was completed in 1991, the present library was established on the B2 level alongside the art gallery and theatre as a cultural facility representing Canada. In May 2001, on the tenth anniversary of its opening, the library was renamed the "E.H. Norman Library" in memory of Canadian historian and diplomat E. Herbert Norman (1909-1957), who dedicated his life to promoting friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of Canada and Japan.
In addition to providing Embassy staff with materials and services they need for their work, the Library is open to the general public. The Library offers basic services such as reference materials for on-site use and the lending out of books and audiovisual materials. It also serves as an Information Centre responding to general inquiries about Canada and as a Study in Canada Centre assisting students planning study in Canada.
N.B.: Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada requires photo identification.