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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 Author
    This month's featured author is Ian Coristine. A book talk will be held on Saturday, September 19th @ 2:00pm. Click for more info.

  • Faceless Dolls Project
    We are looking for donations of fabric, fabric glue, felt, beads, sequins, ribbons, feathers, yarn and more. Check out the details.

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