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Barbara Frum

20 Covington Road, Toronto, ON
M6A 3C1

416-395-5440

*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. West and Bathurst Street. Located at north side of Covington Road, 1 block north of Lawrence Ave. West, 1 block west of Bathurst Street, behind the Lawrence Plaza.

Public Transit


TTC Bathurst bus #7 northbound from Bathurst subway station.
TTC Bathurst bus #7 southbound from Steeles Avenue West.
TTC Lawrence bus #52 eastbound from Lawrence West subway station.
TTC Lawrence bus #52 westbound from Lawrence subway station.

Parking


Free - Lawrence Plaza lot, short term parking meters adjacent to the library, street parking.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Individual Study Rooms
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Public Phone (inside)
  • Quiet Study Rooms (3)
  • Seating for 145

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with at least 29" clearance under table top
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers (hand held or stand)

Technology

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Special Collections: Jewish Mosaic

Language

  • Large collection in French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Russian, Tagalog
  • Medium collection in Chinese
  • Small collection in Italian, Somali, Spanish, Yiddish

Branch History


Year Details
1962 Bathurst Heights Branch opened by the North York Public Library Board, 23 January. Officially opened, 8 April. Located at 3170 Bathurst Street, one block north of Lawrence Avenue West. Freedman, Petroff, Zeruzalski Architects.
1966 Bathurst Heights Branch enlarged to regional/area size.
1992 Bathurst Heights Regional Library closed and demolished. Replaced by Barbara Frum District Library at the present location. Officially opened, 24 September. Phillip H. Carter Architect. Named in honour of Barbara Frum (1937-1992), the distinguished broadcaster and journalist.
2007 Hours open per week increased on 8 January from 59 to 59.5.
2011 Closed 30 October for installation and retrofit of the main floor. Reopened November 16.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room A

  • 432 sq. ft.
  • Seats 40 lecture style. Seats 36 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 40.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.

Auditorium B

  • 1,089 sq. ft.
  • Seats 120 lecture style. Seats 80 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • lectern
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.

Kitchen

  • Equipment:
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
    • stove
  • Kitchen is shared if two groups have made a booking.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room A

  • 432 sq. ft.
  • Seats 40 lecture style. Seats 36 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 40.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.

Auditorium B

  • 1,089 sq. ft.
  • Seats 120 lecture style. Seats 80 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • lectern
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.

Kitchen

  • Equipment:
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
    • stove
  • Kitchen is shared if two groups have made a booking.

Upcoming Events

Wed, Dec 03 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Dec 10 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mon, Dec 22 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Nov 27 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tue, Dec 02 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Dec 03 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events