“The goals of the Dorval Library and Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre are to promote the continued enrichment of knowledge, to initiate and stimulate personal growth and to improve the quality of life of all Dorval citizens, by providing them with the resources and the material that meet their various needs for information, education, leisure and culture.”
The first Dorval Library opened its doors in 1953 in the sacristy of a local church and consisted of only one new book, 170 used books, 11 members and a bank account of $22.00. Under the supervision of a volunteer committee, the library was flourishing and expanding. In the years that followed, it became more and more obvious that the library was indispensable to the community. The City of Dorval became responsible for the management of library services and in 1967, to celebrate Canada’s centennial as well as Dorval’s tricentennial, the Cultural Centre complex was built to accommodate the library.
The services and the collections grew continually and eventually an important renovation project was essential to bring the services up to date. In 1996, the new library opened its doors. It was almost doubled in size, entirely computerized, Internet stations were put in and it offered study rooms, a locale for story time, and a room for activities and a gazebo. In 2012 the Library was further remodeled and updated with the addition of a comfortable periodical lounge, a Mediatheque with computers and iPads and a Discovery Centre for children.
Today, with its various collections; programs and services; friendly and devoted staff; comfortable ambiance and outdoor landscaping with a view on the magnificent Lake St-Louis, the Dorval Library is a treasure of resources and source of pride in our community.