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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

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Tickets on sale now for our Paint Party Fundraiser at Union Jack Pub! $40 each available at the library and online. Details

  • Meet the Author: Jena Wren
    Meet local teen and Library employee and hear about her first published novel. 1pm on the second floor Free & all welcome. Details

  • Family Movie: Paddington 2
    Join Paddington Bear on his next adventure! 2pm in the Buell Street Room. Free & all welcome. Details

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