“Building Communities”

Co-Chaired by Richard W. Pound and W. David Angus, the second phase of the Capital Campaign aims to complete the renovation of our heritage building. Learn more

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Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

From November 22 to December 10, 2016 during our operating hours, the Atwater Library is exhibiting for the public the magnificent Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. The Tapestry consists of over 300 hand-embroidered panels telling the stories of Scots who settled all around the world.


World tour director Jenny Bruce and volunteers are present during the exhibition to provide information. The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal with Bruce Bolton’s leadership has made the arrangements and underwritten the cost of exhibiting the Tapestry in Montreal, and we are grateful to them for choosing our building.

Check out the segment by Global News Montreal to get a glimpse of the displays!

Our 188th Birthday


Our organization was established on November 21, 1828. In our vault we have the handwritten minutes of the first meeting, held on that date, and the digitized version is on the Archives page of this website. Moving with the times, we’ve changed our name, adopted new technologies, and responded to emerging needs. But all these years we’ve remained true to our founders’ vision of a well-educated and prosperous Montreal community.

2016 Benefit Event

Generous sponsors, donors and volunteers ‎are responsible for the great success of our 2016 Benefit Cocktail Party, held on November 2. Guest of Honour David Angus made a rousing call for support for our charitable organization, and his message resonated with the 250 attendees. The net proceeds from the evening are close to $80,000, which is a vital part of our modest budget.

Guest of Honour David Angus with Emcee Mutsumi Takahashi

and Westmount Mayor Peter Trent

Library’s Big Arched Windows are being Conserved

A generous anonymous donor and Parks Canada are providing funding for the conservation of the exterior of our main-floor arched windows. These large windows are a key architectural feature of our heritage building.

Click here to see an announcement made by our Member of Parliament, Hon. Marc Garneau, on October 14, 2016.

“Our Government has taken a leadership role in the protection and promotion of Canada’s invaluable and irreplaceable heritage such as the Atwater Library of the Mechanics’ Institute of Montréal. This new funding will ensure the preservation of one of Montreal’s treasured national historic sites for future generations while supporting local economies and the tourism sector.” — Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“The Atwater Library’s heritage building is a hub of community life in the Montreal region and attracts 100,000 user visits a year for a great variety of educational and cultural activities. It is essential that we conserve the building and equip it to serve the population for decades to come. That requires ongoing contributions by private donors and governments.” — Richard W. Pound, Co-Chair, Atwater Library Capital Campaign

More funds are required to complete the conservation of our windows and to do masonry repairs and cleaning.

Helping Communities Respond: Preventing and Eliminating Cyberviolence

The Atwater Library and Computer Centre is conducting important project funded by Status of Women Canada aimed at preventing and eliminating cyberviolence against girls and young women. Work started in 2014 and continues through 2017.

On September 26, 2016, Shanly Dixon, PhD, Co-Coordinator of our project, appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Status of Women as part of their study of Violence against Young Women and Girls in Canada.


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