Canada's first free public library was established in Saint John and was modelled on the English example. Mayor J.W. Daniel obtained an offer from the great philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, to give the sum of $50,000.00 for a new library building. G.E. Fairweather, a local architect, was responsible for the building's plan.

Canada's first free public library was established in Saint John and was modelled on the English example. Mayor J.W. Daniel obtained an offer from the great philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, to give the sum of $50,000.00 for a new library building. G.E. Fairweather, a local architect, was responsible for the building's plan.

Henry Meinhardt, Building Committee Chair for the Library's Board of Commissioners, served as Master of Ceremonies at the opening of the Market Square library on May 17, 1983.

Henry Meinhardt, Building Committee Chair for the Library's Board of Commissioners, served as Master of Ceremonies at the opening of the Market Square library on May

After years of planning and construction, the official opening of the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square was held on May 17, 1983.

Henry Meinhardt, Building Committee Chair for the Library's Board of Commissioners, served as Master of Ceremonies at the opening of the Market Square library on May

East End Market, Charlotte Street.

East End Market, Charlotte Street.

Eileen Travis, Regional Director of the library from 1963-1971.

Eileen Travis, Regional Director of the library from

Ian Wilson, City Librarian, accepts an antique calendar from Slocum and Ferris at the official opening of the Market Square library in 1983.

Ian Wilson, City Librarian, accepts an antique calendar from Slocum and Ferris at the official opening of the Market Square library in

After years of planning and construction, the official opening of the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square was held on May 17, 1983.

After years of planning and construction, the official opening of the Saint John Free Public Library in Market Square was held on May

Saint John Public Library Bookmobile c. 1957.

Saint John Public Library Bookmobile c.

Students listening attentively at the Hazen Avenue library.

Students listening attentively at the Hazen Avenue library.

Carnegie Library on Hazen Avenue.

Carnegie Library on Hazen Avenue.

St. John Globe. June 13, 1883.

St. John Globe. June 13, 1883.

Freemasons Hall, Germain Street.

Freemasons Hall, Germain Street.

All ceremonies proceeded as planned amid great excitement to mark the grand occasion.

All ceremonies proceeded as planned amid great excitement to mark the grand occasion.

Soon-to-be Market Square public library.

Soon-to-be Market Square public library.

Market Square construction zone.

Market Square construction zone.

A construction zone at the new Market Square library.

A construction zone at the new Market Square library.

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