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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

  • BookMarks Meet the Author
    Meet Jan M. & John E. Milnes @ 2pm at the library. More details.

  • Doors Open Weekend
    Visit us during Doors Open weekend to explore Brockville's art history, tour the galleries and shop a bake sale and white elephant sale. More details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Join us for an evening of painting and socializing Sunday May 28th, 1-3pm @ the Union Jack Pub. More details.

  • Brockville Loves Books Meet the Author
    Meet Terry Fallis @ 7pm at the library. Tickets on sale now - $10/each. More details.

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