• Welcome to the Brockville Public Library Website

Brockville Public Library

engage | evolve | experience

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.

Back To Top

Upcoming Special Events

  • The Amazing Poetry Quest!
    Race across downtown Brockville completing challenges and writing poetry as you go.

  • Movie: Bad Coyote
    Documentary that explores the hybrid wolf/coyote. 2:00 pm

View Calendar

Future Polls