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36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto, ON
M8X 2B5


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.


Closest major intersection Royal York Road and Bloor Street West. Located one block west of Royal York Road, just north of Bloor Street.

Public Transit

One block west of the Royal York subway station.


Meter parking on Brentwood Road and Birchview Blvd.


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General Features

  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Group Study Room
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 130
  • Teen Zone

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifier)
  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Large print keyboard
  • Large trackball mouse
  • Magnifier
  • Natural spectrum lamp
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible furniture



  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection


  • Large collection in French
  • Medium collection in Polish

Branch History

Year Details
1950 Township of Etobicoke Public Library agrees to offer $7,410 to Kingsway Baptist Church to purchase “land having a frontage of about Ninety feet (90’) on the southerly side of Birchview Boulevard by a depth of about One Hundred and Eighteen Feet (118’) on the easterly [sic, westerly] side of Brentwood Road” as the site for its main library, 1 December. The sale is completed on 6 July 1951.
1951 A bookmobile stop is provided at the corner of Brentwood and Birchview each Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
1953 Arthur H. Eadie is officially appointed as the architect, May.
1954 Library Board requests Etobicoke Township Council to issue debentures of $185,000 to build the library on Brentwood, May.
1955 Main Library opens on 20 July and officially opens on 28 September. Etobicoke Public Library’s headquarters, including administration, technical services, and the bookmobile office, are transferred here from their former location in the Humber Bay Library building on Park Lawn Road.
1961 Bookmobile office and storage are relocated to rented quarters at 4896 Dundas Street West, when a second bookmobile is purchased; they are moved to the new Richview Library in 1966.
1964 Technical Services Division moved to offices on Dundas Street near Burnhamthorpe Road, moving to the new Richview Library in 1966.
1966 Etobicoke Public Library’s main library and administrative offices are relocated to the new Richview Library, officially opened 16 October. Brentwood is reorganized as a district library.
1970 Alterations by Dunlop, Wardell, Matsui and Aitken, architects engineers & planners. The old Technical Services area in the basement is converted into a reading room and an enclosed staircase is added to connect the new room with the reference area on the main floor.
1971 Shut-In Service for Etobicoke Public Libraries is located here.
1988 Closed for retrofit, 4 July. Joseph Gerskup, Architect.
1989 Reopened 13 March.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week increased from 58 to 63.
2010 Closed for major renovation and expansion by Diamond & Schmitt, Architects, 25 September.
2012 Reopened, 2 November.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room

  • 716 sq. ft.
  • Seats 50 lecture style. Seats 32 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 90
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • LCD projector
    • ceiling mounted video projector
    • tables


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Upcoming Events

Wed, Dec 13 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Dec 14 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 15 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Wed, Dec 13 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed, Dec 13 - All Day

All Branch Programs & Events