LIBRARY HISTORY

The history of the Rosemère Municipal library is a long and beautiful one. In 1942, during World War II, one of the first libraries in the region was created in a small community of almost 500 families. There were no doctors, police department or fire station at that time in the small summer resort. But...

... Rosemerites thought that books should have a place in their community and setting up a library became a very important concern. Thus motivated, a group of volunteers came together to carry out the library project.

 

1942

The idea of a library emerged.
 

1945

A library for English-speaking Rosemère adults was established on a private property.
 

1948

A library for English- and French-speaking youths was set up. We were told that Rosemère was the first bilingual library... not only in the region but in the Greater Montreal area.
 

1961

A library for French-speaking adults was established.
 

1964

Municipal by-law merging of the three libraries. The new library served four clienteles: French-speaking adults, Englishspeaking adults, French-speaking youths and English-speaking youths. The library now boasted almost 5,000 books.
 

1979

The library moved to the Rosemère Community Centre, 339 Grande-Côte.
 

1980

The library hired permanent personnel.
 

1989

The library was expanded and transformed.
 

1990

The library became computerized.
 

1997

With the introduction of the Internet, the library made new information technology available.
 

2003

Expansion of the library, between September 2003 to April 2004.
 

2004

April 13 – re-opening of the library. Floor space has increased from 425m2 to 1462 m2.
 

2008

Launching of the online catalog.
 

2009

Launching of the mobile library.
 

2013

Launching of the e-book loan and access to online resources.
 

Evolution in figures


Year Population Collection Members Loans

1947

500 families 870 documents 105 users --
 

1980

7 550 residents 16 816 documents 636 families 28 920
 

1987

8 725 residents 29 636 documents 4 050 members 62 858
 

1997

12 335 residents 46 709 documents 6 030 members 128 100
 

2000

13 326 residents 53 451 documents 6 329 members 123 946
 

2007

14 434 residents 75 290 documents 6 322 members 131 842
 

2013

14 365 residents 91 351 documents 5 253 members
138 137
   

2015

14 339 residents 93 832 documents 5 594 members
136 874