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Don Mills

888 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON
M3C 1P6

416-395-5710

*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 Lawrence Ave. East and Don Mills Road. Located on the northwest corner of Lawrence Ave. East and Donway West.

Public Transit


TTC bus #162 Lawrence Donway - from Lawrence subway station to Donway (no weekend service).
TTC bus #25 Don Mills - from Don Mills or Pape subway station to Lawrence Ave. East, stops 1 block east of the library.
TTC bus #54 Lawrence East/West - from Eglinton subway station.

Parking


47 public parking spaces, including 2 disabled spaces.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - After Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Public Phones (inside)
  • Seating for 95

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifier)
  • Computer with at least 29" clearance under table top
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)
  • Magnifiers (hand held or stand)
  • Study tables with at least 29" clearance under table top

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Japanese
  • Medium collection in German
  • Small collection in Arabic, Hindi, Malayalam, Persian, Spanish

Branch History


Year Details
1855 A library was established in S. S. No. 9 (the so-called Don school), a red brick schoolhouse built in 1853 at the southeast corner of today's Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East on land donated by William Milne. The library may have been discontinued in 1869; from 1870 on, being librarian is not mentioned in teacher contracts.
1896-7 Don Public Library is established, with the first meeting of the board of management held on 20 April 1896. The first books were placed on shelves in Agnes (Aggie) Hogg's general store, located on the east side of Don Mills Road, north of the Grand Trunk Railway bridge, which she operated along with the Don Post Office and the library as a public service.
1904 Listed as a "free" public library.
1918-20 Don Public Library is moved from the general store to an abandoned military hut on the farm of James Muirhead, located on the west side of Don Mills Road, about a quarter-mile north of today's Lawrence Avenue (west half of lot 7, 3rd concession east of Yonge Street, York Township).
1937 Don Public Library is closed. The children's books are transferred to Don School Section No. 9 York Township, and the old library building is given to Gordon Muirhead, who converted it to a hen house.
1961 Don Mills Branch is opened at the current location by the North York Public Library Board, 14 November. Officially opened 15 April 1962. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.
1963 Renovated and enlarged to regional/area size. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.
1994 Renovated. Reopened 13 June. Joseph Bogdan Associates Architects.
1997 Included on an inventory of North York's Modernist Architecture prepared by the City of North York Planning Department, Urban Design Division.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Number of open hours per week unchanged.
2011 Don Mills Branch celebrates 50th Anniversary. Open house and festivities held on 12 November.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1,260 sq. ft.
  • Seats 117 lecture style. Seats 80 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room

  • 248 sq. ft.
  • Seats 20 lecture style. Seats 8 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 29.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • projection screen
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Auditorium and Meeting Room, and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located on the lower level (elevator available).


Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1,260 sq. ft.
  • Seats 117 lecture style. Seats 80 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room

  • 248 sq. ft.
  • Seats 20 lecture style. Seats 8 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 29.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • projection screen
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Auditorium and Meeting Room, and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located on the lower level (elevator available).

Upcoming Events

Fri, Oct 24 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 25 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wed, Oct 29 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Fri, Oct 24 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 25 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tue, Oct 28 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

All Branch Programs & Events