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Toronto Public Library

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Address: 789 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416-393-7000
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This beautiful building contains a dramatic interior complete with pool and...

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A biggest Toronto Library that have so many collections of books.

I have visited the Toronto Library so many years ago that I lost count of it. It's a huge place to find a book for. There are huge collections of books that are neatly piles up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Malton, United Kingdom
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Malton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited the Toronto Library so many years ago that I lost count of it. It's a huge place to find a book for. There are huge collections of books that are neatly piles up together with index number so that it's easy to find a book for the customers or visitors can find it. The place are multi-storied... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The concept of library is fantastic in Toronto and Whole Canada. This is a place for all ages. Huge collection, neat, nice and wash rooms facilities. It is multi story building with different sections. I love the place

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Thank Rajendra D
Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Anyone who is literate would have to love this place. It is a haven of learning. It even has some original Conan Doyle manuscripts, and the librarians know their stuff, too.

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Thank butler69
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I often visit public libraries while on vacation. Very fine CD/LP collection and good selection of magazines.

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Thank elburtsm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ha e to say this is absolutely beautiful and HUGE. We wandered through and admired. Lots of people studying and some like us just admiring. Proud to have this amazing library in Toronto. It is worth a visit even if you are not taking out a book

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent library services in an outstanding architectural setting. A great space for photography possibilities.

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Thank billsattan
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think TPL Is one of the best libraries. They are always adding the latest books, looking for ways to support their customers, (e.g ebooks, wifi to go, ets.) I was even prouder to see the "battle of libraries" last year when the 'blue jays were on the play off.. Keep using your library people!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the library of libraries, right in the heart of the city. It's great for studying, small group meetings in these clear pods, or hanging out in the Balzac's cafe downstairs. There is a LOT of reference material available should you actually be researching. There is a bathroom on each floor.

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Thank f1onalau
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

While studying at Ryerson University in my younger years I was a regular at this library. The book collection is incredible. And almost all research that one requires can be done here. Cool elevator, too!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We had fun walking into the library and browsing the various collections. We looked through filing cabinets of photographs, and shelves of sheet music. The views are cool from the upper floors, and we spent a while at the small used book shop. The architecture is functional and still interesting. Easy to get to from the subway, and lots of... More 

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