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Bloor/Gladstone

1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
M6H 1M7

416-393-7674

*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 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Directions


Closest major intersection Bloor Street West and Dufferin Street. Located on the south side of Bloor Street, 1/2 block east of Dufferin Street.

Public Transit


TTC Dufferin subway stop. Walk 1/2 block east.

Parking


Paid - Meter parking along Bloor Street. Free - 1 hour free parking on Gladstone Ave.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • CD Listening Station (1)
  • Dial-a-Story Phone
  • Express Checkout
  • Large Screen TV
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Rooms (4)
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 137
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

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

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French
  • Medium collection in Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only)

Branch History


Year Details
1911 Toronto City Council votes to provide $60,000 (plus $5,000 for books) to the Toronto Public Library Board for a new branch library in the Dovercourt district. A 150- by 100-foot (46- by 30- metre) site at the northwest corner of Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road is acquired. Plans by Toronto architects Alfred H. Chapman & Robert B. McGiffen are approved, 12 December.
1912 Construction starts, 30 April. Cornerstone is laid on 16 October.
1913 Dovercourt Branch officially opened 23 October. Chapman & McGiffin Architects. First TPL branch wholly financed by the City of Toronto.
1916 Ontario’s Provincial Library Training School is held for a month in the basement lecture room; a two-month session is provided there in September 1917.
1917 Children’s room is moved to larger quarters in the former lecture room in the basement, opened 30 November.
1938 Renamed Bloor and Gladstone, December.
1970 Service for the “more aliened youth of the district” is provided at ‘The Place,’ a sub-branch project in a storefront on Bloor Street just east of the library; it is soon relocated and taken over by a community board.
1975 Closed for renovation and expansion, 24 November. Architects: Howard V. Walker and Howard D. Chapman (son of the original architect). Limited service is provided in a storefront at 1124-6 Bloor Street West (corner of Dufferin Street) beginning 25 November.
1976 Reopened on 7 April.
1991 Closed for carpet replacement on 2 July. Reopened 13 July.
1992 Closed for HVAC retrofit June 8. Reopened 5 July.
1993 Listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 22 March.
2006 Closed for restoration, renovation, and expansion, 30 December. Project Architects: rounthwaite, dick and hadley architects inc in association with Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd. and ERA Architects Inc.
2009 Reopened 23 July. Toronto Public Library first building with a green roof. Heritage plaque presented by Heritage Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library commemorating the Dovercourt Branch. Plaque text (PDF)
2010 Winner of a 2010 international architecture award handed out by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Winner of OLA Library Building Award. Honourable mention for the 2010 William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship Award handed out by Toronto Heritage. 2010 Gold award winner handed out by the Design Exchange. 2010 Winner of Best of Canada Award handed out by Canadian Interiors magazine. Posted online in "Special Features" & "Libraries at Night" categories of the American Libraries Architecture Showcase.
2011 Winner of Design Excellence award handed out by the Ontario Association of Architects.
2013 Celebrates 100 years of service to the community, September-October 2013.
2014 Winner of Governor General Award in Architecture.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Community Room

  • 1,060 sq. ft.
  • Seats 70 lecture style. Seats 40 classroom style.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart
    • large bulletin board
    • stand
    • 70 stackable chairs
    • ceiling mounted video projector

Kitchen

  • Equipment:
    • coffee urns
    • kettle
    • refrigerator
  • Community Room is on the lower level. Wheelchair accessible by elevator as well as wheelchair ramp.

Features


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • CD Listening Station (1)
  • Dial-a-Story Phone
  • Express Checkout
  • Large Screen TV
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Rooms (4)
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 137
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

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

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French
  • Medium collection in Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only)

Upcoming Events

Fri, Sep 26 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri, Sep 26 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thu, Oct 02 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Wed, Sep 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thu, Sep 25 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Sat, Sep 27 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

All Branch Programs & Events