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“Building Communities”

Chaired by Richard W. Pound, this campaign aims to raise $2 million to restore and improve the Library’s elegant 95-year-old heritage building.
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Our Heritage Building is Being Upgraded

The Atwater Library's 1919 heritage building is now being upgraded so that we comply in full with fire and safety codes and are better equipped to serve the community. In late 2013 and the first half of 2014, most code compliance work was done, including the installation of a sprinkler system throughout. Fundraising continues for further rehabilitation to ensure preservation of the fine elements of our 95-year-old structure and to improve its suitability for community use. Click here for more information.

Exhibit on Tourism in Montreal

The Atwater Library reading room features a fascinating exhibit on Tourism in Montreal. Curated by Edward McCann, retired museum curator, it includes pictures, artifacts and rare books portraying different aspects of Montreal tourism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. There are wood cuts of our organization's former building at 360 St. James Street, now 360 St-Jacques West in Old Montreal, that was a tourist attraction for several years after it opened in 1854. Click here for more information on our remarkable 185-year-long history as a mechanics' institute now called Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

The exhibit continues until late September 2014 and admission is free.

Computer and Digital Device Training

The computer course schedule up to August 2014 is available in brochure format at the Library and here.

We offer two-hour workshops on Digital Cameras, iPads and iPhones, Scanning photos and documents, SmartPhones, Apps, Skype, and eBooks and eReaders.

We also offer private instruction at the Library or at your home or office – instruction that's tailored to your individual needs.

For more information and to register, contact Kelley Rojas at or 514-935-7344.

Free Financial Literacy Sessions – Advance Registration Required

Thanks to funding from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), over the next year we are offering free sessions on financial literacy for seniors.

Click here to see everything now scheduled. Below is information about upcoming sessions:

WEDNESDAY, August 6, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Informed Consumer: Online Research - 
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Facilitated by Elizabeth Perrin

TUESDAY, August 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
TUESDAY, August 26, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Two-Part Seminar on RRIFs and Annuities - 
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Facilitated by Brenda Shanahan

Free admission but the number of places is limited and advance registration is required.

For information and to register, please contact Zile Ozols at 514-935-7344 ext'n 206 or