Brampton Library

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Brampton Library
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Type system of public libraries in Brampton, Ontario,
Established 1858
Branches 6 branches & 1 interim site
Collection
Items collected business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history,
Other information
Director Rebecca Raven
Website Brampton Library

Funded by the City, the Brampton Library is a system of public libraries in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

In the 2003 Ontario Public Library Week (October 20 to 26), the library was rebranded with a new logo, and a change in name. The system changed from the Brampton Public Library to the simpler and more direct Brampton Library. The shorter name has had mixed reception, with many patrons still referring to it by its old name, out of habit and the lack of need to refer to it differently.

There are currently six permanent locations and one interim site, the Northeast Interim Site, located to relieve the pressure temporarily on the library system created by rapid residential development in the northeast of Brampton.

Rebecca Raven is the Chief Executive Officer of the Brampton Library, a position that replaces that of Executive Director.

Branches[edit]

Branches that are currently in operation are named in bold.

Name Neighbourhood Address Opened Closed Notes Image
Chinguacousy Bramalea 150 Central Park Drive 1967
Cyril Clark Heart Lake 20 Loafer's Lake Lane 1985 Opened as Heart Lake branch, it is currently named after the Township of Chinguacousy's last reeve, Cyril Clark.
Four Corners Downtown 65 Queen Street East Until 1979, this was known alternatively as the Main Branch and Central Services Branch.
Gore Meadows 10150 The Gore Road 2013
Mount Pleasant Village Mount Pleasant 100 Commuter Dr. 2011-11-25[1] Replaced the NorthWest Interim Site after several years and is a multi-use facility attached to Mount Pleasant Village School and Community Centre.
Northeast Interim Site Springdale 55 Mountainash Road, Unit 24
South Fletcher's Fletcher's Creek South 500 Ray Lawson Blvd 1997
Carnegie Downtown 55 Queen Street East 1907 1974 Funded by Andrew Carnegie, see Carnegie library. Replaced by Four Corners, in the building immediately to the east.
Carnegie Building serving as the Brampton Public Library, 1909. Postcard from the Richard L. Frost collection.
County Court Fletcher's Creek South 201 County Court Blvd 1988 1991 Replaced by the Fletcher's Creek branch.
Fletcher's Creek Fletcher's Creek South 1991 1997 Replaced County Court, replaced by South Fletcher's.
Bramalea Bramalea Bramalea Road 1967 Replaced by Chinguacousy.
Northwest Interim Mount Pleasant 10500 Creditview Road 2011
Northwood Park Flowertown and Northwood Park 10 Flowertown Avenue
South Eldomar Heights/Peel Village 160 Main Street South Located at the Brampton Mall.

Services[edit]

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults

History[edit]

As early as 1858, a library was founded in the Mechanic's Institute, serving the mere 50 people in what was then classified as Brampton. These 360 volumes, plus a federal grant of $160, were the starting blocks for the first actual public library in Brampton, founded in 1887 in the Golding Building on Queen Street. As printing presses were still relatively expensive to operate, and thus book prices high, the village-owned facility had full written contracts with patrons to check out books. Only the librarian and the library board were allowed to take books off the closely watched shelves.

In 1907, the library successfully received a grant from US steel magnate Andrew Carnegie to build a new library. Carnegie was a self-made millionaire with "very little formal education", and a well known drive to bring "learning to the masses". Records show donations to 1700 libraries, and the hundreds of facilities across the continent still bearing his name are living proof.

Despite being a supporter of culture in general, Carnegie was opposed to the multipurpose facility the village intended to build, as it exceeded his default start-up donation of $10,000. A meeting with the Brampton Board of Trade's R.J. Copeland, and a promise from Brampton itself to up its funding from $1000 to $1250 a year, Carnegie provided another $12,500 for the town's long-time showpiece facility.

In 1946, the Brampton library took on a relatively novel concept for the era, in letting residents under the age of 16 sign out books from the collection.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the system expanded to fit the needs of a growing population. The expansion included the Northwood Park Branch (Flowertown and McLaughlin), South Branch (at Brampton Mall on Main Street at Nanwood), and Heart Lake Branch. The Heart Lake branch would later become known as "Cyril Clark", after a Chinguacousy reeve.

Chinguacousy Branch, the cornerstone of Brampton's Library system pictured before the construction of the nearby Bramalea Transit Terminal

In 1972, Bramalea Corporation created their Civic Centre facility. Along with corporations, this facility included a large space for a central library branch. When Brampton and Bramalea merged in 1974, their library systems became one. Bramalea's Chinguacousy Branch joined Brampton's Main Branch (which had replaced the Carnegie library with a larger building next door, and which was later renamed to "Four Corners Branch" due to its location near downtown Brampton's Four Corners) and others, becoming the system's resource library. As the reference branch, Chinguacousy was host to an extensive collection of microfilm, local history materials, and genealogy resources. In 2008 the majority of these materials were moved to the Four Corners location in the newly renovated Local History section on the second floor.

A neighbourhood branch was eventually created in a mall at Ray Lawson Blvd. and Hurontario St., and renamed the County Court Branch when it was moved to an office building nearby (later renamed again to Fletcher's Creek Branch). When the South Fletchers Sportsplex was built, Fletcher's Creek moved from private to public property, and was renamed to the South Fletchers Branch.

In 2011, the Brampton Library system opened the new Mount Pleasant branch in the north-west area of the city. This replaced the North-West interim branch which had been located approximately 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) north-west of the new regular branch.

In addition to the six regular branches, Brampton Library also operates one interim site, in the north-east region of the city. This houses a very small collection, mostly DVD's and paperbacks, as well as allowing customers a location at which to pick up and return items. A new location at Torbram and Sandlewood, one kilometre north of the current North-East Interim site is planned to replace the interim site in 2015.

The new Gore Meadows branch was built in the north-east of the city on Castlemore Road at The Gore Road and opened in 2013. This new location is part of a city recreation centre located in parkland that is planned to provide multiple services, like of Chinguacousy Park.

Discussions are still on-going regarding replacing the current downtown branch with a modern facility.

Chinguacousy branch[edit]

Chinguacousy Library Gallery[edit]

List of Teen Services[edit]

  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Teen Library Council
  • Animation-Manga Club
  • Toastmasters Program
  • Babysitting Courses

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodfellow, Ashley (7 November 2011). "New library opens". The Brampton Guardian (Brampton ON). Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°43′07″N 79°43′12″W / 43.71851°N 79.71995°W / 43.71851; -79.71995