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Swansea Memorial

95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, ON
M6S 3H9

416-393-7695

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Closed Tuesday & Thursday from 12:00-1:00

Directions


Closest major intersection Runnymede Street and Deforest Road. Located on the east side of Lavinia Ave. south of Deforest Road within Swansea Town Hall.

Public Transit


Runnymede bus southbound from Runnymede subway station to Deforest Road.

Parking


Free - lot in rear of building off Deforest Road Street parking on Lavinia Ave.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifier - Hand held

Technology

Collections

  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print
  • Local History Collection

Branch History


Year Details
1919 Women's Patriotic League of Swansea resolved 4 March to use monies on hand "to form a nucleus for a Public Library, Reading Room and Gymnasium...as a Memorial to our Swansea men who have seen active service in the Great War." (Swansea Memorial Public Library Minutes). Swansea Memorial Public Library Association formed 30 September at meeting at Swansea Public School. Swansea Memorial Public Library opened 30 November at Swansea Public School, Windermere Avenue.
1923 Swansea Public Library Board established. (Also called Swansea Memorial Free Library Board). First meeting held, 23 February, at home of Mrs. R.C. Smith.
1926 Swansea incorporated as village. First meeting of Swansea Memorial Free Public Library held 3 March in Swansea Public School for organization.
1959 Relocated to Swansea Municipal Building, 95 Lavinia Avenue. N.A. Armstrong, Architect. Building officially opened, 20 May.
1967 Swansea Public Library taken over by Toronto Public Library, 1 January, with amalgamation of Swansea to Toronto.
1987 Swansea Municipal Building listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 19 May.
1991 Closed due to building renovation and retrofit, 13 April.
1993 Reopened 14 July.
2002 Hours change in service, 2 July.
2004 Extended weekly hours (35 hours per week) 2 February 2004 to 8 June 2005 during Runnymede closure.

Branch History


1919: Women's Patriotic League of Swansea resolved 4 March to use monies on hand "to form a nucleus for a Public Library, Reading Room and Gymnasium...as a Memorial to our Swansea men who have seen active service in the Great War." (Swansea Memorial Public Library Minutes). Swansea Memorial Public Library Association formed 30 September at meeting at Swansea Public School. Swansea Memorial Public Library opened 30 November at Swansea Public School, Windermere Avenue.

1923: Swansea Public Library Board established. (Also called Swansea Memorial Free Library Board). First meeting held, 23 February, at home of Mrs. R.C. Smith.

1926: Swansea incorporated as village. First meeting of Swansea Memorial Free Public Library held 3 March in Swansea Public School for organization.

1959: Relocated to Swansea Municipal Building, 95 Lavinia Avenue. N.A. Armstrong, Architect. Building officially opened, 20 May.

1967: Swansea Public Library taken over by Toronto Public Library, 1 January, with amalgamation of Swansea to Toronto.

1987: Swansea Municipal Building listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 19 May.

1991: Closed due to building renovation and retrofit, 13 April.

1993: Reopened 14 July.

2002: Hours change in service, 2 July.

2004: Extended weekly hours (35 hours per week) 2 February 2004 to 8 June 2005 during Runnymede closure.



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