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Toronto Public Library

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Absolutely beautiful and modern for such an old building!!!!

Last week we went on a field trip with our son's class to the library and walked through all the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Philip W
Toronto, Canada
One of the best libraries in North America

Pretty much any book you want to find, or reserve if currently not available. Very helpful staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
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This beautiful building contains a dramatic interior complete with pool and waterfall.
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789 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Old Toronto
+1 416-393-7000
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Last week we went on a field trip with our son's class to the library and walked through all the stacks looking at the beautiful (old and new) books. Enjoying the amazing architecture. If you are in the neighbourhood it is certainly worth the visit...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Philip W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty much any book you want to find, or reserve if currently not available. Very helpful staff, excellent lighting, computer access, lectures, evening events, Balzac's for coffee a good place to meet friends.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The breadth and depth of materials that are available to card holders (free for city residents!) is phenomenal. It is even better now that they have partnered with Hoopla as content can now be checked out on your device (phone, tablet, computer) and automatically returned...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lellerto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have a thing for visiting other cities' libraries. This one is very neat and clean, with lots of natural light and a wonderful view of city hall. The place is very small however, with not a lot of seating available. There was a book...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not use the Librray but had a guided tour as our Congress was taking place there. Huge facility, books in over 65 languages, tv room, music room, writers room, lots of reading space, 3D printers, etc. you can get in with your stuff,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bruno V
Reviewed 7 November 2018

If you like like libraries, this is a must do. The reference section is world class. The overall ambiance is refreshing. Plenty of local flavor if you like to people watch too.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

This library is very big, having lots of books of my interest. Calmn & have a good location. I spend some time here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ElodieProst505
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

This major Toronto mid-town reference library(and other sites across the GTA) has been hosting a variety of events including literary writers like Thomas King in their 2nd floor Salon where you have access to bar & light snacks while you enjoy the event of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Angela T
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Wonderful facilities for meeting especially when you can visit the room specifically designed for Sherlock Holmes.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The internet doesn't even work, literally slower than dial up internet from 2006, been like this for hours and the people that work there are so uptight and annoying. Would not recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Celena L
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No, There is street parking which is paid and you will get a ticket of at least $30 if do not comply.