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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

  • March Break at the Library
    "Try things and make stuff!" Drop in between March 12th - March 17th for free programs for all ages! Details

  • St Patrick's Day Family Celebration
    Stop in between 2-4 pm to celebrate with the Brockville Irish Cultural Society! There will be refreshments, crafts, songs and dance. For all ages. Details

  • Bookmarks Author
    Meet author Jennifer DeBruin for a book talk hosted by the Friends at 2 pm. Details

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