Brampton Library

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Brampton Library
BL Logo.png
Type system of public libraries in Brampton, Ontario,
Established 1858
Branches 6 branches
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.

Rebecca Raven[1] 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 Location Dates Notes Image
Chinguacousy Bramalea
150 Central Park Drive
Opened 1972 or 1973 This branch is located inside the Bramalea Civic Centre.

Brampton was the "first public library system in Ontario to acquire federal and provincial case law records". The case law collection was opened in this branch in 1978, on the prompt of the Central Ontario Regional Library System.[2]

This branch is undergoing extensive renovations, expected to be finished in the Summer 2017.[3] During this time, the library branch is mostly closed and its collection has been distributed to other branches.

Cyril Clark Heart Lake
20 Loafer's Lake Lane
Opened 1985 Opened September 21, 1985, it was said to be "the first public library in Canada to be fully computerized".[4] The 12,000 sq ft structure cost $1.5 million, and was to house 30,000 books and audio-visual items.[4]

It is named after the Township of Chinguacousy's last reeve, Cyril Clark.[4]

Four Corners Downtown
65 Queen Street East
Until 1979, this was known alternatively as the Main Branch and Central Services Branch.
Gore Meadows Gore Meadows
10150 The Gore Road
Opened 2013
Mount Pleasant Village Mount Pleasant
100 Commuter Dr.
Opened 25 Nov 2011[5] It replaced the North-West Interim Site after several years of operation. It is a multi-use facility attached to Mount Pleasant Village School and Community Centre.
South Fletcher's Fletcher's Creek South
500 Ray Lawson Blvd
Opened 1997
Bramalea Bramalea
106 East Drive
Closed around 1972 or 1973 This branch was replaced by the Chinguacousy branch. It was located on East Drive, just east of Bramalea.
Carnegie Downtown
55 Queen Street East
1907-1974 It was funded by Andrew Carnegie, see Carnegie library. It was replaced by the Four Corners branch, in the building immediately to the east. The building is now home to the Brampton Concert Band and the Jazz Mechanics.

At the 1938 annual general meeting, it was announced that Wm. Perkins Bull's "pioneer and Indian relics" would be housed at the library on display.[6] When former Brampton High School principal William James Fenton died in 1952, it was decided that the proposed addition to the structure would be named in his honour.[7]

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 Boulevard
1988-1991 This branch was replaced by the Fletcher's Creek branch. It was located in a commercial office building.
Fletcher's Creek Fletcher's Creek South
7700 Hurontario Street South
1991-1997 This branch replaced the County Court branch. It was housed in the City South Plaza in two floors of what is now professional office space. The branch was replaced by the South Fletcher's branch.
Northeast Interim Site Springdale
55 Mountainash Road, Unit 24
Closed Oct 1, 2016 Located at the Springdale Square shopping centre. It was closed based on expected availability of a new near-by branch, which was not yet ready when the branch was closed.
Northwest Interim Mount Pleasant
10500 Creditview Road
Closed 2011 This branch was opened due to serve the rapid population growth in the area. This branch was replaced by the Mount Pleasant branch.
Northwood Park Flowertown and Northwood Park
10 Flowertown Avenue
South Eldomar Heights/Peel Village
160 Main Street South
Opened November 1966 Located at the Brampton Mall, the South branch was opened by Mayor Russell Prouse in a 18 November 1966 ceremony, with circulation starting the next day, a Saturday. It offered both adult and children's books.[8]

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, developer Bramalea Consolidated Developments Ltd constructed the Civic Centre facility for the town of Bramalea, the cornerstone of which was officially laid as part of the finished building during Brampton's Centennial celebrations in 1973. Along with government offices and a theatre 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. ^ "Brampton Library Contact List". Brampton Library. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Kashmeri, Zuhair (19 September 1978). "Brampton library has law records". The Globe and Mail. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Library Construction Notice" (PDF). Brampton Library. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "New library named after colourful politician opens soon in Brampton". The Toronto Star. 10 September 1985. p. H2. 
  5. ^ Goodfellow, Ashley (7 November 2011). "New library opens". The Brampton Guardian. Brampton ON. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Brampton Library Gets Collection of Relics". The Globe and Mail. 22 February 1938. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "William James Fenton: School Principal For 36 Years, Active in Sport". The Globe and Mail. 9 July 1951. p. 4. 
  8. ^ "Mall Branch Library", The Bramalea Guardian, 16 November 1966, page 3.

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