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Parliament Street

269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON
M5A 2G3

416-393-7663

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 Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East. Located on southwest corner of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.

Public Transit


TTC Carlton #506 streetcar along Gerrard Street.
TTC Parliament #65 bus southbound from Castle Frank subway station.

Parking


Street parking along Berkeley Street.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Quiet Study Room (Seats 4)
  • Seating for 78

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand(s)
  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible table

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French
  • Medium collection in Bengali, Tamil
  • Small collection in Amharic (adult), Hindi (DVDs only), Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya (adult), Vietnamese

Branch History


Year Details
1955 Opened 12 January. Arthur H. Eadie, Architect.
1968 Property acquired at Gerrard Street East, southeast corner of Berkeley Street. Formerly Edwin Snider House (built 1880-1), later H. Beldon and Company.
1969 Parliament Street Library House opened.
1979 Renovated, Dunker Associates.
1990 Library House listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 19 and 20 March. Renovated, Baird Sampson Architects. Closed 12 November.
1992 Reopened 3 February.
2000 Sunday opening initiated, 10 September.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week increased from 60.5 to 65.5.
2010 Closed 31 October for installation and state of good repair renovation. Reopened 6 December.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Main Floor Meeting Room

  • 300-400 sq. ft.
  • Seats 25 lecture style. Seats 16 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 30.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • tables
  • Located within the Children's area of the library. Wheelchair accessible. Washrooms available near the main entrance of the library.

Meeting Room

  • 968 sq. ft.
  • Seats 60 lecture style. Seats 30 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 92.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • coat hooks (wall-mounted)
    • flip chart
  • Located on the 2nd floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Map


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Upcoming Events

Sat, Dec 17 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 15 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Dec 08 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Dec 08 - 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Thu, Dec 08 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events