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History of Charlottetown's Public Library

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PARO Acc. 2764/1.12
Hon. Thomas Dodd, 1875
In 1900, the Hon. Thomas W. Dodd (1819-1900), a Charlottetown merchant and politician, left a bequest of $5,000.00 for the establishment of a public library. In 1905, the Trustees of the Dodd Library Fund, in agreement with the Legislative Assembly, purchased books for the public to be placed in the Legislative Library housed in Province House. This became known as the Dodd Library. Since 1890 the public could gain access to the Legislative Library, provided permission was received from a member of the Legislature or the Speaker, however, library hours and collections were limited. With the Dodd bequest, the public had access to increased holdings.

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