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Forest Hill

700 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON
M5N 1B9


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. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed


Closest major intersection Eglinton Ave. West, between Bathurst Street and Spadina Ave. Located on the northeast corner of Eglinton Ave. West and Vesta Dr., adjacent to Forest Hill Collegiate. Located midway between Eglinton subway and Eglinton West subway stations.

Public Transit

TTC bus #32 west from Eglinton subway station.
TTC bus 32 east from Eglinton West subway station.


Street parking only south of Eglinton


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General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Seating for 40

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • 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
  • Local History Collection


  • Small collection in Hebrew

Branch History

Year Details
1954 Forest Hill Library Association resolved to transfer its library to a public library board, and requested Council to establish same, 18 March. Village of Forest Hill Public Library established 28 April. Forest Hill Public Library Board held its first meeting at Forest Hill Municipal Offices, 333 Lonsdale Road on 23 September.
1955 Village of Forest Hill Public Library officially opened 5 December. Located in Forest Hill in new Works Department Garage and Stores Building, 329 Chaplin Crescent, about 1 block north of Eglinton Avenue.
1962 Relocated 19 December to new Village of Forest Hill Civic Centre at 700 Eglinton Avenue West, opposite Vesta Drive. Marani, Morris and Allen, Architects.
1966 Village of Forest Hill Public Library Board held final meeting, December 8, in Katherine Secord McNair Room of the library.
1967 Taken over by Toronto Public Library Board, 1 January, with amalgamation of Village of Forest Hill to City of Toronto.
1968 Learning Resource Centre opened in former Village of Forest Hill Civic Centre.
1969 Retrofitted to allow public access from library to Learning Resources Centre.
1972 Film Department established. Located at Learning Resources Centre.
1975 Learning Resources Centre closed; staircase connecting it to the library removed. Film Department relocated to Northern District Library.
1987 Renovated, Quadrangle Architects. Closed 5 January.
1988 Reopened 4 January.
1998 Reduction of leased space from 14,399 sq. ft. to 10,399 sq. ft. Retrofitted, C.A. Ventin, Architects. 19 September to 19 October. No closure required.
2002 Branch closed from 13 to 22 May for painting, carpet installation, and some refinishing and re-upholstering of furniture.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week increased from 58 to 62.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room

  • 720 sq. ft.
  • Seats 30 lecture style. Seats 16 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 30.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables
  • Meeting Room is accessible. Washrooms are located outside the library in a city-owned space and are not accessible.


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Upcoming Events

Fri, Jan 19 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 14 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Mon, Dec 18 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon, Dec 18 - 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Tue, Dec 19 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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