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Service Update

All Toronto Public Library branches will be open from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. Branches will be open as usual on Saturday, December 27. Sunday Service will resume on January 4, 2015.


1246 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
M6G 3P1


Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed


Closest major intersection Davenport Road and Ossington Ave. Located on the southwest corner of Davenport Road and Shaw Street.

Public Transit

TTC bus 63 north from Ossington subway station to Davenport Road Walk 1 block east to Shaw Street.


Street parking available.


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General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book Holder
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers
  • Page Turner



  • Audiobooks on CD

Branch History

Year Details
1988 Opened 8 November. Stevens Burgess Architects. Housed in a Cityhome (Toronto Community Housing) Complex. Community Room named after local resident/author Marian Engel (1933-85).
1992 Closed for barrier free access improvements on 19 May. Reopened 22 June.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week decreased from 41 to 40.
2008 Closed for renovation 3 November - 22 November. Reopened, 25 November. McKinnon Design. Celebrated 20th Anniversary 6 December.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room

  • 579 sq. ft.
  • Seats 40 lecture style. Seats 32 classroom style. Fire Occupancy Code: 50.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart stand
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables

Kitchen :

  • Equipment:
    • coffee urn (55-cup)
    • refrigerator
    • stove

Meeting Room, kitchen and wheelchair access washroom are on the second floor


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Upcoming Events

Wed, Mar 18 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events