Robinson and about a dozen others signed the application for incorporation for the CFLB.
The earliest books acquired by the CFLB were those donated by Robinson himself.
The sudden death of Bert Robinson to typhoid on 7 November 1908 was an early blow for the fledgling CFLB.
Once there, the CFLB was housed in two rooms without charge through the intervention of the TPL's chief librarian, George Locke.
Swirl himself had described $600 as a "nominal" salary when writing the minister of education two years earlier, (43) so the proposal to decrease that amount by a third suggests that the CFLB was experiencing a serious financial pinch.
Financing the CFLB, and the Impact of the First World War
114) For French-Canadian members, the CFLB may have been attractive for two reasons: first, l'Institut Nazareth did not operate a circulating library until 1914; second, even when it did begin to do so, the CFLB's holdings may have had offerings that would not have been found in a library of Catholic affiliation.
The multiple and competing systems of embossed type active in North America during the first two decades of the twentieth century ensured that the CFLB found it inherently challenging to build its collection and serve its membership effectively.
Since the membership of the CFLB in its earliest years was predominantly Ontarian and New York Point was the system with which they were most familiar, it made sense to focus on it.
By the time Swift produced his secretary's report for 1912, the CFLB may have not only begun to recognize the limits of what it could still acquire in New York Point but may also have realized that it would soon need to take a stance in the rising "Uniform Type" debate.
Two heated letters sent to Ontario's Department of Education in late 1914, the first by Principal Gardiner of the OSB and the second by Swift at the CFLB, reveal that the library's advocacy of British Braille over New York Point was not appreciated by Gardiner, who also questioned the necessity of the CFLB itself.
To the suggestion of the library's redundancy, he estimated that, in the eight years of its existence, the CFLB had placed "in the hands of the Canadian blind .