1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4
Monday 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
The Atwater Library and Computer Centre is an educational, cultural and social oasis for the Greater Montreal region. We provide a broad range of programs and services that build the community by:
Our building is our home. It provides a vital physical location from which we are able to receive more than 95,000 visits annually to the Library, and serve our users through the delivery of community-based activities that are hosted within our walls.
We are the only community library and centre in Montreal’s downtown district, west of the Bibliothèque nationale.
The Library is housed in a heritage building that is a National Historic Site. It was designed by architects Hutchison, Wood and Miller, and opened in 1920, after moving from its previous location at 360 St. James Street (now rue St-Jacques). With the proceeds from the sale of the earlier building, the present structure was well constructed of quality materials and is attractive as well as functional.
The Library’s home had not had major renovation from its opening in 1920 up to 2012 when Richard W. Pound accepted the challenge of chairing the“Building Communities” Capital Campaign. The following citizens served on a Campaign Cabinet with him: W. John Bennett, Lionel J. Blanshay, Roy L. Heenan, Mary Leslie-Aitken, Hilary Pearson, David A. Tarr and Philip L. Webster.
The Campaign objective was to raise the funds required to make the building safe, secure and equipped for decades more of community service.
By late 2013 the Campaign had succeeded in raising $1.5 million from private donors to supplement a grant of $425,000 from the Government of Canada, for a total of over $1.9 million.
The funds raised covered the following costs up to early 2015:
In late 2013, it was decided to “re-boot” the Capital Campaign and Richard W. Pound and W. David Angus agreed to co-chair an initiative to raise the additional funds necessary for completion of the building upgrading. This additional needed work includes:
The Atwater Library and Computer Centre is a vibrant, busy and thriving community resource. We provide much used services to the members of our community that would not otherwise have easy access to educational, cultural and social opportunities. By investing in all members of our community, we create a better city in which to live and work.
Please help us to continue serving and building the community in which we live. Please donate to our “Building Communities” Campaign.
The Library receives only 11% of its core operating funding from governments, the balance coming from revenue-generating activities and private donations.
Parks Canada designated the building as a National Historic Site in 2005 and, from 2011 through 2014, paid the matching grant of $425,000 mentioned above.