Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Dhvani G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
If you are a bibliophile, you are surely gona love this place... Its a heaven.. Their interiors, layout everything is well planned.. The collection is huge and the private cubicles are the best concept.. The staff is extremely finding in helping you find your correct book patiently..
Written October 8, 2023
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Getaway21469
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Public Library has so much to offer and there is something for everyone. They have so many free events, wonderful interesting free lectures that I attend as often as I can. I always learn something and always come away fulfilled at some level. I recommend you regularly check out their website.
Written March 6, 2020
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Toronto Public Library is one of the largest and busiest public libraries in the world. It is highly impressive and is open to all. Nearby paid street parking is available. One hour is more then adequate to visit the inside of this library. Customer service is friendly. Would certainly very highly recommend visiting this off beat attraction in Toronto which any trace is likely to miss out on.
Written November 7, 2019
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Joy H
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
There is a lot of space and resources to go through, This place hold great events from time to time too I would go for work and business meeting, academic research and the events.
Written May 25, 2020
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porterjames2
Round Rock, TX225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Probably most travelers won't visit a library while in a foreign city but if that is your thing this is a great experience.
This is free of charge with several security officers at the entrance. Even though there were street people that were allowed to bring their personal effects in on their shipping carts no one seemed to mind.
There are 5 levels to browse so you can spend as much time as you want, within the hours of opening. We visited on a Sunday.
Written May 31, 2018
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susanpdoherty
Montreal, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The staff will literally do your homework if you need them to. Photo library is unbelievable. Top drawer staff.
Written April 6, 2018
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Karen C
St. John's, Canada3,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I came here just to photograph the inside - it's very cool looking! I tend to visit cool looking libraries when on vacation. This one did not disappoint.

One note, I walked in a took a picture and the security guard came over and told me that if I was going to be taking a lot of photos that I had to sign a form. So I signed it, had to fill in my name, address, state why I was taking pictures (I just said personal use), etc.

It is wheelchair accessible.
Written May 6, 2017
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travelguru-su
Toronto, Ontario, Canada2,042 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Toronto Reference Library is a beautifully designed open space metropolitan library by architect Raymond Moriyama. Its atrium shows the greatness of the building and allows natural light from its stylish skylight. Every kind of literature may be found on its shelves from all over the world.
Written September 16, 2015
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wayne300944
Toronto, Canada396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Business
I came here a few years ago for a conference (a conference in a library??) and came today to be filmed re the library's work for the Toronto Book Awards. If that makes you wonder if the library houses books and watches over them like a hawk, that's good. This is a library for the 21st century -- all about welcoming and engaging people with different kinds of information.
They have a digital information hub, a picture exhibit of the history of Toronto's waterfront, announcements of various speakers on various topics, a range of free computer and Internet services.
I came at 900 in the morning and the place was already half-filled.
Libraries are great equalizers. Whatever your income level, you can access the worlds of information and engagement for free at a beautiful and comfortable library. I don't even know if you still have to stay quiet!
Libraries are very popular in Toronto, almost untouchable politically, as Mayor Ford found out early in his term.
The popularity of the library as a fixture for community gave some of us -- I review the story in my e-book, Food for City Building -- the idea that every neighbourhood in Canada should have a community food centre, just like every neighbourhood now has a parkette, elementary school, fire hall....and library. You might say that the movement for community food centres owes its inspiration to the library movement of 150 years ago.
May information and engagement spread!
Written September 8, 2014
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dhazle451815
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The central Reference Library is an incredible place. You'll find helpful staff, amazing resources and a beautiful building to enjoy it all!
Written March 18, 2020
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