The Heritage collection provides a link with the early days of the library.
The original hand-written minute books, membership records, and book catalogues have survived to provide a record of early library activity. The books are in poor condition, but have been digitized for access by researchers. The Minute Books date from 1881. The earliest Visitor Book is dated 1890.
A remnant selection of 500 volumes of the library’s 19th century collection can be viewed on the mezzanine floor. The titles provide a glimpse into the reading habits of the early members.
The library has also received donations of books and photographs that have links to the library’s history. Robert Bain, owner of the Border Hotel, donated the land on which the library now stands. The library is privileged to be custodians of the Bain Family Bible. Bound in the book is the Family Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages.
Mrs. Bain’s Certificate of Service to the Red Cross during the Great War 1914-1919.