Association of Independent Libraries (MAIL), founded in 1997, is
composed of Atwater Library
(founded 1828), Fraser-Hickson
Library (founded 1870), Jewish
Public Library (founded 1914) and Montreal
Children's Library (founded 1929).
These institutions are among the oldest libraries in Quebec providing
continuous service to their users. By virtue of each library's special
collections, they serve not only the communities and neighbourhoods
in which they are located, but also a large segment of the population
of the island of Montreal. They also have a national and international
The libraries formed this Association in order to achieve the following
- To support joint
activities and projects such as inter-library loans, development of
a community web site, shared programmes, and other initiatives.
- To enhance services
to users by combining and sharing resources.
- To increase the
visibility and raise the profile of each member library.