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Toronto Public Library

Service: Toronto Reference Library

Contact Information
Office Phone Answerline: 416-395-5577; Answerline: 416-393-7131
TTY Phone 416-393-7100
Fax 416-393-7083
Agency Information
Description (Agency) Lending, reference and research libraries
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Vickery Bowles, City Librarian; Phone: 416-393-7032; Email:
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID19 -- temporarily closing 44 branches as of January 10, 2022, 52 of largest and most-used branches open and will continue to operated at current service levels, Bookmobile and Home Library Services also continuing at current service levels, all online service available, visit website for list of closed branches and more information


Adult reference and research library with materials in over 80 languages * access to computers, Internet, printers

Services for People with Disabilities 416-393-7099, TTY 416-393-7100 -- equipment, collections, mobile library and sign language interpretation services for library programs

Digital Innovation Hub -- 3D printing, sound and video production, green screen technology * electric pianos for public use * self-publishing press * information and programs for newcomers

IntelliSearch 416-393-7241 -- customized bibliographic search service providing quick access to databases, fee

Book a Librarian -- service for personal assistance with information needs * job search programs and materials for foreign-trained professionals * language learning materials, audio lab * arts, picture and video collections

Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre -- includes the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection and the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana

event rentals space
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-8:30 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 1:30 pm-5 pm (except holiday weekends)
Areas Served Toronto
Eligibility Open to all
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages English; Interpretive Services - AT&T Language Line
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
789 Yonge St
Toronto, ON
Canada M4W 2G8
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Intersection Yonge St and Bloor St E
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Arts / Culture ; Community Programs ; Employment / Training ; Newcomers
HCSD Sub Heading Computer and Internet Access ; Internationally Trained Professionals ; Language Instruction ; Libraries ; Newcomer Employment Programs ; Newcomer Employment Resources ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Public Libraries ; Refugees ; Resources for Internationally Trained Professionals
Service Categories 3D Printing ; Braille Materials/Collections ; Graphic/Digital Design Services ; Home Library Services ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ~ Internationally Trained Skilled Workers ; Language Instruction ; Makerspaces ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Public Internet Access Sites ; Public Libraries

Agency Overview

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