Don Mills Library

Don Mills Library

The Don Mills Library is located at 888 Lawrence Avenue East, close to Don Mills Road.

The library hours of operation are as follows:

Monday: 12:30PM – 8:30PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00AM – 8:30PM, Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM and Saturday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  Sunday, the branch is open seasonaly from: 1:30PM – 5:00PM.

The following amenities are available at this branch:

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop – 24 Hours
  • Seating for 95
  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Japanese
  • Auditorium-sized and regular meeting room space are available for rent

History

This particular branch of the Toronto Library has an interesting history, and as such I have included a timeline for those of you who might be curious.

In 1855, a library was established in S. S. No. 9 (the so-called Don school), a red brick schoolhouse built in 1853 at the southeast corner of today’s Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East on land donated by William Milne. The library may have been discontinued in 1869; from 1870 on, being librarian is not mentioned in teacher contracts

In 1896-7, Don Public Library is established, with the first meeting of the board of management held on 20 April 1896. The first books were placed on shelves in Agnes (Aggie) Hogg’s general store, located on the east side of Don Mills Road, north of the Grand Trunk Railway bridge, which she operated along with the Don Post Office and the library as a public service.

In 1904, it was listed as a “free” public library.

In 1918-20, Don Public Library is moved from the general store to an abandoned military hut on the farm of James Muirhead, located on the west side of Don Mills Road, about a quarter-mile north of today’s Lawrence Avenue (west half of lot 7, 3rd concession east of Yonge Street, York Township).

In 1937, Don Public Library is closed. The children’s books are transferred to Don School Section No. 9 York Township, and the old library building is given to Gordon Muirhead, who converted it to a hen house.

In 1961, Don Mills Branch is opened at the current location by the North York Public Library Board, 14 November. Officially opened 15 April 1962. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.

In 1963, the library was renovated and enlarged to regional/area size. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.

In 1994, the library was renovated. Reopened 13 June. Joseph Bogdan Associates Architects.

In 1997, the branch was included on an inventory of North York’s Modernist Architecture prepared by the City of North York Planning Department, Urban Design Division.

Bayview Library

Bayview Library

This branch of the Toronto Public Library is located within the Bayview Village Plaza. The branch is accessible and has ample parking.

The Bayview Library hours of operation are as follows:

Monday:10:00AM to 8:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30PM to 8:30PM, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

The following features are available at this branch:

  • Book Drop – 24 Hours
  • Seating for 62
  • Self Checkout (RFID)

 

Brookbanks Library

Brookbanks Library

The Brookbanks branch is located at 210 Brookbanks Drive, closest to York Mills and Victoria Park.

The location is accessible and has ample parking.

The branch is open Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30PM to 8:30PM, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, and Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Brookbanks Library offers the following amenities:

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop – 24 Hours
  • Large Print Terminals/Workstations
  • Seating for 65
  • Meeting room rental

Pleasant View Library

Pleasant View Library

Pleasant View Library is conveniently located next door to the Pleasantview Community Centre at 575 Van Horne Avenue, just west of Victoria Park.

The branch is open Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30PM to 8:30PM, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, and Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Pleasant View Library offers the following amenities:

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Book Drop – 24 Hours
  • Seating for 45
  • Auditorium-sized meeting space rental

Hillcrest Library


Hillcrest Library

The Hillcrest Library is located at: 5801 Leslie Street, closest major intersection is Leslie and Finch.

This location is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  It is open from 12:30PM to 8:30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Saturday, the branch is open from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

The branch has the following amenities:

  • Book Drop – After Hours
  • Seating for 38
  • Auditorium-sized Meeting Space
  • Accessible
  • Ample Parking

Free programming:

Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Free 6-week program for children ages 7 – 12.  Saturdays 2 – 4pm from February 4 – March 10, 2012.

Fairview Library

Fairview Libary

Fairview Library is one of the largest libraries in the area, with a variety of services and options for patrons.

The library is located at 35 Fairview Mall Drive and the phone number is: 416-395-5750.

Hours of operation: 9:00AM to 8:30PM (Mon – Fri), 9:00AM – 5:00PM on Saturday and 1:30 – 5:00PM on Sunday (depending on the season).

The building is accessible with limited parking.  Keeping in mind that patrons can also access the parking facilities of Fairview Mall as well.

The library has the following:

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop – After Hours
  • Individual Study Rooms
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 320
  • Self Checkout (RFID)
  • Community Theatre – seating for 292 patrons

There are materials available in the following languages:

  • Large collection in Armenian, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Persian, Tamil, Turkish
  • Medium collection in Arabic, Romanian, Russian, Spanish
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Korean, Tagalog, Urdu