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S. Walter Stewart

170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, ON
M4J 2K5

416-396-3975

*Sunday hours in effect from September to June
Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 9:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Directions


Closest major intersection Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave. Located 1 block north of Mortimer Ave., 2 blocks west of Coxwell Ave.

Public Transit


TTC O'Connor bus northbound from Coxwell subway station.

Parking


Free - lot adjacent to library


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Branch Walking Tour
  • Dial-a-Story Phone
  • Express Checkout
  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Area. Check branch for availability.
  • Seating for 114
  • Snack/Vending Machines
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)

Technology

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local History Collection

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Greek
  • Medium collection in Serbian
  • Small collection in Italian

Branch History


Year Details
1944 Boys and Girls Libraries established by East York's Kiwanis Club and Board of Education, operated by Toronto Public Library staff. The Central Branch opened at R. H. McGregor School, 7 November. The Eastern Branch at Danforth Park School and the Western Branch at William Burgess School soon followed.
1946 East York electors vote to establish a public library, 1 January. S. Walter Stewart becomes chairman of the inaugural Township of East York Public Library Board, appointed 18 March.
1948 Former residence purchased for a library. Arrangements made with the Toronto Public Library Board to operate it, under the direction and control of the East York Library Board; this was discontinued in 1966.
1950 East York Public Library officially opened at the northeast corner of Coxwell and Mortimer avenues, 26 April. Renovation by H. E. Witmer, Architect. Cardinal design by Thoreau MacDonald adopted as the library's logo.
1955 Library Board resolves to build a central library to replace "the present facilities which have become inadequate," 2 May.
1956 Board considers "building a combined library and auditorium ... on the grounds of the [East York] Collegiate at Coxwell Avenue and Plains Road," 3 December.
1958 Board approves "building the new East York Public Library on the Municipally-owned location bounded by Durant, Roosevelt and Memorial Park Avenues," 1 August. Parrot, Tambling and Witmer, Architects, appointed, 22 September.
1960 S. Walter Stewart Building opened for service, 18 August; officially opened by Hon. R. H. McGregor, MP for York East, 3 October. The library's circular design was unique in Toronto, and, at the time, said to be one of only four circular libraries in the world. Named for S. Walter Stewart (1897-1969), a pioneer of library service in East York, serving on the East York Public Library Board from its establishment in 1946 until his death. He was the president of the East York Kiwanis Club when it started children's libraries in 1944.
1965 East York Public Library Board approves “that the boys’ and girls’ section be moved downstairs,” 8 March.
1966 Responsibility for operations of public libraries in East York transferred from Toronto Public Library to East York Public Library completed by June.
1967 Public Library Board becomes part of the new Borough of East York formed with the amalgamation of the Township of East York and the Town of Leaside.
1969 Stewart donates nine A. Y. Jackson paintings to the library - his first donation, Jackson's Gatineau Hills, was presented at the official opening, 3 October 1960. In addition, Reeve R. M. Leslie donated two Jacksons and Dorothy Ashbridge, East York's first librarian, gave one, Ottawa River, presented in 1966. Although their ownership was transferred from the library board to the East York Foundation in the 1960s, the 13 A. Y. Jackson paintings remain at S. Walter Stewart Branch.
1995 Auditorium named in honour of John S. Ridout (1926-2003) who served on the East York Public Library Board from 1968 to 1994, several years as chair. He also was a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Library Board, 1970 to 1991, five years as chair.
1998 Becomes part of the Toronto Public Library with municipal amalgamation, 1 January. Receives Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Mel Lastman for outstanding service to children.
2006 Closed for renovations, 2 September.
2008 Reopened, 29 May. Phillip H. Carter, Architect with Ellen Vera Allen, Architect. New hours, 29 May. Hours open per week increased from 54.5 to 63.
2010 New hours, 4 January. Hours open per week increased from 59.5 to 65.5

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

John S. Ridout Auditorium

  • 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Seats 170 lecture style. Seats 90 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 224.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • piano
    • portable flipchart / whiteboard
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • raised stage
    • tables

Auditorium and Wheelchair Accessible washroom are located on the lower level.

Kitchen (available with auditorium only)

  • Equipment:
    • coffee urn (100-cup)
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
    • sink
  • Located on the lower level. Wheelchair accessible.

Meeting Room

  • 387 sq. ft.
  • Seats 24 lecture style. Seats 12 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 49.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • coffee urn (30-cup)
    • tables

Located on lower level. Wheelchair Accessible washroom are located on the lower level.


Features


General Features

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Branch Walking Tour
  • Dial-a-Story Phone
  • Express Checkout
  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Area. Check branch for availability.
  • Seating for 114
  • Snack/Vending Machines
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)

Technology

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local History Collection

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Greek
  • Medium collection in Serbian
  • Small collection in Italian

Upcoming Events

Thu, Jul 24 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thu, Jul 24 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Jul 25 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Wed, Jul 23 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed, Jul 23 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thu, Jul 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

All Branch Programs & Events