Atwater Library

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The Atwater Library seen from Atwater Avenue.

The Atwater Library (officially the Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal) is an independent community library in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, operating the oldest subscription library service in the country. It is located at 1200 Atwater Avenue. It is a nonprofit organization, and a registered charity. It was founded in 1828.[1]


The Atwater Library was home of the first Mechanics' Institute in Canada. It is also the oldest subscription library in Canada. The Atwater Library is also the last Mechanics' Institute building in Canada serving its original purpose. The Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2005.[2]

Community involvement[edit]

In addition to regular courses and workshops (e.g. on the use of computers), the Atwater Library and Computer Center are behind many events, special projects and exhibitions in partnerships with many organizations. One of their current projects is the Digital literacy project which engages people in creative new media production.[3][4] Eric Craven (project director) and Dr. Line Grenier presented a paper about the project at the European Communication Research and Education Association Conference (ECREA) in Lisbon in November 2014 as part of a panel called New Media and Older People – Age, Narratives and Normativities.[5] Two videos were presented and are still available here and here. The ALCC also participated in the National Human Library Day in Canada.[6] They collaborated with researchers on projects like MemorySpace: Private Memories, Public Histories, a project capturing the life stories and history of a neighbourhood through photographs. [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Atwater Library and Computer Centre. 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  3. ^ The Neighbourhood Theatre, 2012, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  7. ^ Shtetl,

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Coordinates: 45°29′19.17″N 73°35′3.41″W / 45.4886583°N 73.5842806°W / 45.4886583; -73.5842806