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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

  • Doors Open
    Stop by the library on May 27th and May 28th for some tasty treats @ the Bake Sale hosted by the Friends. There will also be the White Elephant Sale, Self-Guided Tours, Tinker Lab and more! See the details.

  • James Joyce Exhibit
    Explore 22 panels exhibiting the life and writings of James Joyce. More details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Unleash your creativity and join us for an evening of painting and socializing. More details.


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