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History of the Library

General Background

The Brockville Public Library (BPL) was formally established in July 1895, an out-growth of the collections and services developed by the Brockville Mechanic's Institute.

The library was founded in 1842 with the purpose "to collect books of interest to clerks, apprentices and craftsmen; to sponsor lectures on a variety of subjects; and to conduct experiments in natural philosophy (essentially, physics and chemistry)", wrote Canadian Historian Ian MacPherson.

A library building grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1902 (one of 111 such grants in Ontario) resulted in the opening of the Carnegie Library (later the Brockville Public Library) in 1904.

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Upcoming Special Events

  • Silent Sock Auction
    Our famous hand knit socks are now up for auction! From Nov 5 to Dec 11, you can place your bids at the main desk. Details here.

  • Holiday Bake Sale
    On Saturday, November 28th, the library will be hosting a bake sale. Delicious dontations would greatly appreciated! Click here for more informaiton.

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