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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

  • Disney's "Oceans" Movie
    Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, Oceans, this spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea will be playing at 2:00pm. Details.

  • Shark Diving with Mike Hart
    Join Mike Hart on a virtual shark expedition with Tiger sharks and Greater Hammerhead sharks at 2:00pm. Details.

  • Pop Up Library Green Screen
    Strike a pose with any background you can imagine at the King Street West Festival! Details.

  • The Art of Mehandi
    Explore the arts of culture of India with henna tattoos and sample treats from Chanda Foods at the library! Details.

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