Library History

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Library History

H.J. Hemens Municipal Library
339 Grande-Côte Road
Rosemère, QC J7A 1K2

Telephone: 450 621-3500, ext. 7221
Fax: 450 621-6131
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Schedule

Regular Schedule
(September to May)

Monday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Thursday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Schedule
(June, July and August)

Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The library is closed for the following holidays:

  • Easter (April 14 to 17, 2017)
  • Victoria Day (May 22, 2017)
  • Québec’s Fête Nationale (June 23 and 24, 2017)
  • Canada Day (June 30 and July 1, 2017)
  • Labour Day (September 4, 2017)
  • Thanksgiving (October 9, 2017)
  • Christmas and New Year’s (December 25-26, 2017, and January 1 and 2, 2018)

The history of the Rosemère Municipal library is a long and lovely one. In 1942, during World War II, one of the first libraries in the region was established in a small community of some 500 families. Back then, there were no doctors, police department or fire station in this vacation paradise. Yet...books already held such an important place in the Rosemère community that volunteers came together to carry out a project dear to their hearts: a library. And so, in:

1942

The idea of a library was born.

1945

A library for Rosemère’s English-speaking adults was established on a private property.

1948

A library for English and French-speaking youths was set up. We have been told that Rosemère was not only the first bilingual library in the region, but in the Greater Montreal area.

1961

A library for French-speaking adults was established.

1964

The Municipal Council adopted a by-law merging the three libraries. The new library served four clienteles: French-speaking adults, English-speaking adults, French-speaking youths and English-speaking youths. By then, the library boasted almost 5,000 books.

1979

The library moved to the Rosemère Community Centre at 339 Grande-Côte.

1980

The library hired permanent personnel.

1989

The library was expanded and transformed.

1990

The library became computerized.

1997

With the introduction of the Internet, the library made new information technology available.

2003

The library was expanded, between September 2003 and April 2004.

2004

On April 13, the new library opened. Floor space had increased from 425 m2 to 1,462 m2.

2008

The online catalogue was launched.

2009

The mobile library was introduced.

2013

E-book loans and access to online resources became available.


Growth in figures

Year Population Collection Members Loans
1947 500 familles 870 documents 105 members --
1980 7,550 residents 16,816 documents 636 members 28,920
1987 8,725 residents 29,636 documents 4,050 members 62,858
1997 12,335 residents 46,709 documents 6,030 members 128,100
2000 13,326 residents 53,451 documents 6,329 members 123,946
2007 14,434 residents 75,290 documents 6,322 members 131,842
2013 14,365 residents 91,351 documents 5,223 members 138,137
2015 14,339 residents 93,832 documents 5,594 members 136,874



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