History

The Millbrook Branch- 121 Years Old and Counting!

In 1994 Millbrook celebrated 100 years of continuous library service. Begun in 1894 as a Mechanic’s Institute as were many libraries, it became a free public library the following year. For more than forty years the library occupied a storefront on the main street in Millbrook. This location was willed to the village of Millbrook by the local doctor but only as long as it was a library.

After the village of Millbrook amalgamated with the surrounding township of Cavan and the adjoining township of North Monaghan, the library was moved to a much larger, newly renovated space on the first floor of the ‘Old School’. This building was built in 1890 as a four room school. It expanded to house grades Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Eventually closed by the school board it has been refurbished both inside and out and now houses the Millbrook Branch of the Cavan Monaghan Libraries, the Food Share, The Old Millbrook School Family Centre and the Community Policing Office.

The Bruce Johnston Branch

A library to meet the needs of the northern part of Cavan Township was opened in 1976 in the Women’s Institute Hall in Mount Pleasant. It was moved to a larger, renovated space in 1999 (the former North Monaghan Municipal Office), and renamed The Bruce Johnston Branch Library to honour the memory of a former North Monaghan resident who served his community as township assessor and clerk for over 50 years.

In 2004, a 1200 square foot addition was built to accommodate the increased use by residents of North Monaghan and Cavan.

Exterior of the Bruce Johnston Branch

Welcome to the Cavan Monaghan Libraries, your community centre for research, digital literacy, and cultural connections! Proudly in service for 120 years and counting.

Come in to your local branch to sign up for a library card to take home books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks, and also to access other online resources including e-book and audiobook downloads.

Use our free public Wi-Fi and computer labs, with access to print, copy, fax and scan your documents. Try out our new iPads, accessible to all with Apps for all ages, pre-school to adult. Book a librarian to help with any tech and research needs.

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