“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

Latest News

Building Still Closed, Library Loans with Pickup at Atwater Entrance

Phase 1 of our pandemic reopening plan is a resumption of loans of physical books and DVDs with pickup at our main entrance at scheduled times. Public access to our building will have to wait until later when necessary preparations are made.

We are inviting reservations online and by phone for physical materials.

Steps to reserve:

• Browse the online catalogue and make your selections.
• Or phone our Head Librarian at 514-935-7344 weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Pickups at our Atwater Avenue entrance doors are possible, starting June 2, twice a week:

TUESDAYS 3:00 to 5:00 pm

FRIDAYS 3:00 to 5:30 pm

Materials have to be reserved by the day before. Our Head Librarian will notify each borrower of the pickup time by email or phone.

The loan period for DVDs and books is lengthened from two weeks to three weeks.

And the maximum number of DVDs that may be borrowed at once is increased from 3 to 5.

Meantime, our staff, working from home, are providing other services we can offer during the closure, including by internet, email and phone.

We would love to hear from you.



We encourage our members to avail of our eBooks and digital audiobooks.

Thanks to a generous donor, we recently increased our eBooks offering and added digital audiobooks. Click here to see the selection.

Calling Seniors with a Story to Tell!

This summer we’re starting a new year-long project to engage you in creatively documenting and sharing accounts of important life experiences.

Our tech-savvy team patiently guide you in using digital technology for text, still photos, art, audio and video. And we help find ways for participants to digitize and preserve old-format content.

Our project work is all online because of the pandemic.

We have wonderful partners, including Concordia University’s engAGEand Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Montreal West Public Library and Suoni Per Il Popolo.

If you or your community organization would like to get involved or want more information, please contact our project coordinator, Eric Craven, at eric@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Financial Literacy Online

Go here for resources for people during the COVID-19 confinement, especially seniors. The following topics are covered:


Natalie Domingue, our Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, would love to get your suggestions for additional resources we might offer: natalie@atwaterlibrary.ca.


Our Building is 100!

On Thursday, January 30, 2020 we marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of our beautiful building with a special event which attracted a capacity audience of 130 people.

Attendees included City of Westmount Councillors Kathleen Kez and Jeff Shamie as well as leaders of partner groups and many other enthusiastic supporters.

Special guests were Dr. John Burgess and Lynn Burgess who have a family connection to William Rutherford, the president of our organization when the building was planned, constructed and opened. William Rutherford’s granddaughter Andrea Rutherford Burgess, now deceased, was Dr. Burgess’ wife and Lynn Burgess’ mother. Andrea Rutherford Burgess served as our president in the late 1990s.

Nancy Dunton gave a tremendous account of the history of our building and its value to the community. She commented on how architectural properties enhance visitors’ enjoyment — particularly the emphasis on light.

Click here to see a splendid 1921 booklet, referred to in the talk, about the history of our organization, then known as the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal, and the “new” building.

Architect Nathan Bonneville showed illustrations of the plan for the elevator and new wheelchair entrance, now under construction and due to be completed by April 30, 2020.

For Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein’s take on our centenary, go here.

Click here to see CTV Montreal coverage of our 100th anniversary event.

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