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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

  • BookMarks Meet The Author
    Meet author and former Canadian Equestrian contender in the Olympics Claire Smith at the Library at 2pm! FREE admission. Details

  • Seedy Saturday
    Join us at the Brockville Memorial for fun activities for kids, local garden clubs and market vendors and a free seed swap from 10 am to 1 pm! Details

  • Terrarium Workshop
    Learn the basic foundation of building an open terrarium at the Union Jack from 7-9 pm. Tickets available at the Library and online! In partnership with Primrose & Willow. Details

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