Founded more than 45 years ago, the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre was named in honour of the wife of renowned inventor, Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Its goal is to teach the general public about the role it plays in the region’s social and cultural life. The combination Library/Cultural Centre provides a rich resource for learning about literature and the visual arts. The Cultural Centre is a unique showcase for the creative residents of the region and down the years, it has played host to many renowned artists. An exclusive venue for local citizens, the Cultural Centre offers a program of cultural and educational activities, designed for young and old alike.
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The Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. Established in 1967 by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, the Library was initially situated in the basement of the administrative offices, but by 1972, it had already outgrown the space. To better meet its needs, the Library was transferred to the Valcourt Cultural Centre. The new premises allowed the Library to develop and expand and to continue offering the kind of services generally associated with much larger cities. The Library not only has separatel sections for children and adults, but it also offers a wide selection of membership benefits and services.