Mechanics Institute/Atwater Library Celebrates 189th anniversary

The Mechanics’ Institue/Atwater Library Celebrates 189th Anniversary

On November 21 The Mechanics Institute/Atwater Library and Computer Centre celebrated its 189th   anniversary.

The community is invited to a celebratory reception on Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.  In addition, The Atwater Library and Concordia University  will co-host a  Mechanics’ Days vernissage of a display by Concordia University  History and Art Education students  of the results of their research about the Mechanics’ Institute/Atwater Library’s  long history.

The Mechanics Institute/Atwater Library was established on November 21, 1828 by visionary Montrealers who wanted to expand educational opportunities to the population. The handwritten minutes of the founding meeting — and the meetings that ensued up to 1890 — can be viewed on the archives page

Moving with the times. ,the name was changed,  new technologies adopted and the Library  responded to emerging needs in both the library and local communities.  But all these years  the library has remained true to its  founders’ vision of a well-educated and prosperous Montreal community. To that end, during the fall semester Concordia Professor Steven High is conducting a class in the library that is focused on the history of the  organization.




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