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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

  • Oh Canada Art Show & People's Choice Award
    Submit artwork celebrating Canada 150. Submissions will be exhibited at the Library July-August; winners chosen by people's choice ballots. More details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Join us for an afternoon of painting and socializing July 9th, 4-6pm @ the Brimstone. More details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Join us for an afternoon of painting and socializing August 13th, 4-6pm @ the Brimstone. More details.

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