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Mount Dennis

1123 Weston Road, Toronto, ON
M6N 3S3

416-394-1008

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 10:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
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

Directions


Closest major intersection Weston Road and Eglinton Ave. West. Located on southeast corner of Weston Road and Eglinton Ave. West, beside the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Public Transit


TTC bus #32B from Eglinton Ave. West subway station to Weston Road.
TTC bus #89 from Keele subway station to Eglinton Ave. West.

Parking


Free - parking lot off Weston Road via Barr Ave. and then Brownville Ave.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Borrow a Laptop
  • Express Checkout
  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Room
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 76
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

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

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Medium collection in Spanish
  • Small collection in French (children), Vietnamese

Branch History


Year Details
1923 Library opens on Weston Road near Eglinton Avenue.
1928 Free public library is established at York Township School Section Number 28, Mount Dennis. In its first year of operation, the library serves a population of 9,000 residents, has 805 volumes that circulate 134 times, and spends $583.41 including $407.20 on books. The library is housed in rented space in the Mount Dennis Legion Hall (formerly the Major Theatre), on the west side of Weston Road (no 1006) between Dennis and York Avenues.
1932 Is renamed Mount Dennis Public Library Board.
1944 In Mount Dennis’s last year as an independent library board, it has 7,198 borrowers in a population of 9,878 residents, a collection of 7,640 volumes that circulates 59,394 times, is open 33 hours a week, and spends $3,762.05 including $673.40 on books.
1945 Mount Dennis Public Library Board is dissolved. Its collections are transferred to the Township of York Public Library Board, established by Township of York By-Law 12495, enacted and passed on 15 January. Known as the Mount Dennis Branch, the library is located in a storefront at 1193 Weston Road, east side, between Hollis Street and Locust Avenue.
1948 York Township Council approves building a main library building and two branches, including one at Mount Dennis.
1950 Construction starts, April.
1951 Library is opened at the current location, 19 March; officially opened in May. Architect: Albert Vine. Cost: $59,500.
1960 "Art Room" is created in the basement for exhibitions of arts and crafts, December.
1967 Branch becomes part of the York Public Library Board, when the Town of Weston and the Township of York are amalgamated as the Borough of York, 1 January.
1969 Branch staff continues to service patients at Northwestern Hospital with a deposit collection.
1971 Hours of service are extended with the branch opening on Wednesdays.
1981 Hours are reduced with Monday closings.
1982 "Plans to improve and expand the Mount Dennis Branch were activated. With the receipt of a large Wintario grant, architects were hired and it is hoped construction will begin in 1983." (York Public Library Board, Annual Report, 1982).
1984 Reopened September. Ground-breaking ceremony for the Mount Dennis Library Extension and Renovation. (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1984).
1985 "The Mount Dennis Branch was reopened to the public on September 3rd, following extensive renovations and an addition to the main floor of the building." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1985). Officially reopened, 28 September. Moffet & Duncan Architects.
1986 "The lower level of the recently renovated and expanded Mount Dennis Branch was opened in April and became the new location of the Children’s Department." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1986).
1987 "Work on completing the millwork, book security system, elevator, outdoor sign and parking lot was undertaken with funding from the City of York and the Ministry of Culture and Communications." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1987).
2000 Film Department closure of former York Public Library located at Mt. Dennis Branch, 14 January.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week decreased on 8 January from 51.5 to 50.5.
2011 A major renovation and revitalization is scheduled to begin in 2011 and expected to be completed by 2013.
2013 Winner of 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award, Award of Excellence for Public Buildings in Context.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room 1

  • 775 sq. ft.
  • Seats 50 lecture style. Seats 36 classroom style.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables
    • screen
  • Wheelchair accessible

Meeting Room 2

  • 340 sq. ft.
  • Seats 16 lecture style. Seats 16 classroom style.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables
    • screen
  • Wheelchair accessible

Branch History


1923: Library opens on Weston Road near Eglinton Avenue.

1928: Free public library is established at York Township School Section Number 28, Mount Dennis. In its first year of operation, the library serves a population of 9,000 residents, has 805 volumes that circulate 134 times, and spends $583.41 including $407.20 on books. The library is housed in rented space in the Mount Dennis Legion Hall (formerly the Major Theatre), on the west side of Weston Road (no 1006) between Dennis and York Avenues.

1932: Is renamed Mount Dennis Public Library Board.

1944: In Mount Dennis’s last year as an independent library board, it has 7,198 borrowers in a population of 9,878 residents, a collection of 7,640 volumes that circulates 59,394 times, is open 33 hours a week, and spends $3,762.05 including $673.40 on books.

1945: Mount Dennis Public Library Board is dissolved. Its collections are transferred to the Township of York Public Library Board, established by Township of York By-Law 12495, enacted and passed on 15 January. Known as the Mount Dennis Branch, the library is located in a storefront at 1193 Weston Road, east side, between Hollis Street and Locust Avenue.

1948: York Township Council approves building a main library building and two branches, including one at Mount Dennis.

1950: Construction starts, April.

1951: Library is opened at the current location, 19 March; officially opened in May. Architect: Albert Vine. Cost: $59,500.

1960: "Art Room" is created in the basement for exhibitions of arts and crafts, December.

1967: Branch becomes part of the York Public Library Board, when the Town of Weston and the Township of York are amalgamated as the Borough of York, 1 January.

1969: Branch staff continues to service patients at Northwestern Hospital with a deposit collection.

1971: Hours of service are extended with the branch opening on Wednesdays.

1981: Hours are reduced with Monday closings.

1982: "Plans to improve and expand the Mount Dennis Branch were activated. With the receipt of a large Wintario grant, architects were hired and it is hoped construction will begin in 1983." (York Public Library Board, Annual Report, 1982).

1984: Reopened September. Ground-breaking ceremony for the Mount Dennis Library Extension and Renovation. (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1984).

1985: "The Mount Dennis Branch was reopened to the public on September 3rd, following extensive renovations and an addition to the main floor of the building." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1985). Officially reopened, 28 September. Moffet & Duncan Architects.

1986: "The lower level of the recently renovated and expanded Mount Dennis Branch was opened in April and became the new location of the Children’s Department." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1986).

1987: "Work on completing the millwork, book security system, elevator, outdoor sign and parking lot was undertaken with funding from the City of York and the Ministry of Culture and Communications." (York Public Library, Annual Report, 1987).

2000: Film Department closure of former York Public Library located at Mt. Dennis Branch, 14 January.

2007: New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week decreased on 8 January from 51.5 to 50.5.

2011: A major renovation and revitalization is scheduled to begin in 2011 and expected to be completed by 2013.

2013: Winner of 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award, Award of Excellence for Public Buildings in Context.



Regular Programs

Fri, Oct 24 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Sat, Nov 01 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Sat, Jan 31 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events