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Dufferin/St. Clair

1625 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON
M6H 3L9

416-393-7712

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 10:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Directions


Closest major intersection Dufferin Street and St. Clair Ave. West. Located on the east side of Dufferin Street, 1/2 block south of St. Clair Ave.

Public Transit


TTC Dufferin bus routes from Wilson subway station and from Dufferin subway station. All stop at Dufferin and St. Clair intersection, walk south to the library.
TTC streetcars from St. Clair subway station or from St. Clair West subway stations. All stop at Dufferin and St. Clair intersection, walk south to the library.

Parking


Paid - parking lot - 1 block north of St. Clair Ave. on the west side of Dufferin.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Dial-a-Story Phone
  • Express Checkout
  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Quiet Study Room
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 100

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book Stand or Holder
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifier - hand held or stand

Technology

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Collection
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local history collection

Language

  • Large collection in Italian
  • Medium collection in Portuguese, Spanish
  • Small collection in French

Branch History


Year Details
1911 Deputations from Earlscourt, annexed to Toronto in 1910, ask the Toronto Public Library Board "for the extension of library privileges."
1913 Earlscourt Branch opened 19 December. Named for its local community, the library and reading room are located in rented premises, 48 x 32 feet, in the old Boon Avenue Methodist Church, Boon Avenue, northwest corner of Ascot Avenue.
1919 Toronto City Council provided funds "by a special appropriation of $100,000 for the purchase of sites and the erection of library buildings for the districts of Earlscourt and East Toronto". (TPL Annual Report, 1919).
1920 Present site acquired. Construction began 13 July.
1921 Opened, 27 January. Charles J. Gibson, Architect. Total cost of the library, including site, building and equipment was $78,864.
1925-1932 Interior murals painted by George A. Reid, principal of the Ontario College of Art, and by two of his former students, Lorna Claire and Doris McCarthy.
1954 Toronto Public Library Board receives consent from City Council to sell southernmost 20 feet of land flanking Dufferin Street at the site of Earlscourt Branch Library (retaining 55 feet of open space) to the Salvation Army for the sum of $4,000 and use proceeds to repair the roof in the main library building, 28 June.
1964 Renovation planned by Toronto Public Library staff begins 6 January. Murals painted out.
1973 Renamed Dufferin/St. Clair Branch to indicate more clearly its location, 27 January. Sunday service started.
1979 Renovation and expansion. Baird Sampson Architects. Officially opened 17 March.
1990 Closed 11 June for carpet replacement and asbestos removal. Reopened 24 June.
1992 Closed 6 July for HVAC retrofit. Reopened 14 September.
1999 Sunday opening discontinued, 25 April.
2004 Mural panel, The Family by G. A. Reid, restored through the leadership of local residents, spearheaded by the Regal Heights Residents Association, 21 April - 12 May.
2006 Included on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties (PDF) adopted by City Council, 23, 24, and 25 May.
2007 New open hours, 8 January. Number of open hours per week unchanged. Closed for renovation and expansion 7 July, Makrimichalos Cugini Architects. G. A. Reid and Doris McCarthy murals restored.
2008 Reopened, 28 October, with public presentation of Heritage Toronto plaque commemorating Earlscourt Branch. Plaque text (PDF)
2009 Winner of the City of Toronto’s 2009 Toronto Heritage William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award of Merit.
2010 Winner of the Ontario Library Association's Library Building Award, 2010.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Program Room

  • 818 sq. ft.
  • Seats 60 lecture style. Seats 30 classroom style. Maximum occupancy: 80.
  • Equipment:
    • film projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • kitchenette

Program Room and wheelchair access washrooms are on the main floor.


Directions


Closest major intersection Dufferin Street and St. Clair Ave. West. Located on the east side of Dufferin Street, 1/2 block south of St. Clair Ave.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection Dufferin Street and St. Clair Ave. West. Located on the east side of Dufferin Street, 1/2 block south of St. Clair Ave.

Parking


Paid - parking lot - 1 block north of St. Clair Ave. on the west side of Dufferin.


Upcoming Events

Thu, Nov 27 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Wed, Jan 14 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thu, Jan 15 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Mon, Nov 24 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov 24 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tue, Nov 25 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events