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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

  • Bake Sale & Craft Sale
    Stop by for tasty treats and hand-made crafts on Nov. 24th and Nov. 25th from 9-4pm! Hosted by the Friends. Details.

  • Family Movie
    "Cars 3" will be playing for the upcoming PA Day at 2pm! FREE! For all ages. Details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Get creative with friends for an afternoon of painting at the Union Jack Pub from 2:30-4:40pm! Details.

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