Our vocation: to encourage reading and foster the mastery of literacy
For nearly 130 years, as a wholly privately-funded public service during most of its life, Fraser Hickson has been a forerunner in bringing the benefits of libraries to Montrealers. It introduced the first free library open to all in 1885, then the first full-service community library in 1958 in NDG.
Fraser Hickson has never stopped innovating! We are now implementing exciting new initiatives to facilitate public access to our coveted collection of more than 130,000 books and related materials in 16 different languages by partnering with like-minded organizations that make effective use of our resources. We believe that these proactive initiatives, described below, will be of great benefit to the communities we serve and have a significant impact on personal well-being and on the economy. Fraser Hickson is intent on its Mission to advance literacy and intellectual inquiry for generations to come.
A unique outreach service of MINIBIBLIO* which facilitate public access to extensive collections of printed, audio and video materials by supplying necessary materials to partners to support their programs;
maintaining our acquisitions program, to ensure the collection remains relevant and up-to-date;
providing our catalogue on-line and digitizing and sharing our extensive antiquarian collection to make it accessible to a new generation of historians and researchers;
upgrading our web and social media presence to bring it even closer to the community’s needs; and
partnering with like-minded organizations for our First 1000 Days program to lay the foundation for literacy fluency by encouraging parents to read to their infants daily.
*We believe that our MINIBIBLIO system, unique in Quebec, can be brought to other communities across the province and, indeed, across Canada and beyond.