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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

  • Mini Sticks & The Mighty Ducks Movie
    Winter Classic Weekend Events. More details.

  • Seedy Saturday
    Taking place at the Brockville Memorial Centre 10am-1pm. More details.

  • Frances Itani - Brockville Loves Books
    Meet the Author Frances Itani at the Mill. More details.

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

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

  • St. Patrick's Day Family Movie
    The Secret of Roan Inish: Island of the Seals @ 2pm. More details.

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