Thursday, September 1, 2016

September City Theme

This month's theme is LIBRARY - Click HERE

August 2016 - Toronto ON

I am and have always been an avid Toronto library user. When I worked at Bay and Bloor I would frequent this library for hard copy books.

Yorkville Branch Library opened on June 13, 1907, in what was then the city's north end. It was the first of four libraries constructed with a $350,000 grant made by Andrew Carnegie to the Toronto Public Library in 1903. Designed by Robert McCallum, City Architect, Yorkville's classical, Beaux Arts style is similar to libraries in many smaller Ontario communities. It features two pairs of columns, a projected portico, Doric capitals, a bracketed cornice, and stone quoins, band courses and keystones. Yorkville is now the Toronto Public Library's oldest library.

Then I moved to York and Adelaide so I would walk to this library on my lunch hour. It is on the ground floor of City Hall.

It is a large bright area with lots of windows. Perfect for pulling up a chair and browsing magazines. By then they had introduced placing holds by computer and you would receive a voice mail telling you you're books were in.

You can borrow books, ebooks, CDs, videos, musical instruments, musical scores pedometers, picture collections, digital equipment, magazines. You can even borrow museums and arts passes!!

The jewel of Toronto Public Libraries is the Reference Library.

The Toronto Reference Library has one of the world's foremost collections of library materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle. Much of the collection, of course, is devoted to Doyle's most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. The collection is accessed through the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Library.

I caught a couple more as we drove about town last week as I had this topic on my mind.


  1. Classy collection of libraries.

  2. Of the Toronto library, the only branches I've been in are the one at City Hall and the Reference Library. I've sat at a computer a couple of times in those steps at the latter.

  3. Wow how impressive. However marvelous the new buildings are nothing will ever surpass the original Carnegie buildings.

  4. There are so many great branches in the city!

  5. I have spent time in the Yorkville branch. But I like the smaller ones. :)

  6. Interesting, a collection of Sir Conan Doyle...


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