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Mechanics' Institute founded 1841


Dundas Public Library in Elgin Hotel, c.1896

A mechanics' institute was founded at Dundas in 1841. More than a half century later, in 1895, it became a public library (not free) issuing memberships on a subscription basis. The library was housed in a hotel block on King Street. In 1904, a Carnegie promise was secured and more spacious accommodation was provided for residents.

Source: Archives of Ontario, S-6934. This photograph originally appeared in Alexander Pirie's Picturesque Dundas printed c.1896

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