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Barbara Frum

20 Covington Road, Toronto, ON
M6A 3C1


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 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.


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


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General Features

  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Public Phone (inside)
  • Quiet Study Rooms (3) - can accommodate 1-3 people each
  • Read Aloud Room
  • Seating for 108
  • Story Room

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



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


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

Branch History

Year Details
1952 A delegation from the Lawrence Manor neighbourhood appears before the North York Public Library Association Board, which suggests “that the ladies of Lawrence Manor attempt to sponsor a Community Council in the North Bathurst area and use it as a means of founding a Library Association which could work with ours to create a township demand for a public library.” (North York Public Library Association Board Minutes, 18 March 1952).
1954 North York Public Library Association Board announces on 14 July that one of the stops of its first bookmobile will be at Lawrence Plaza, northwest corner of Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West.
1955 North York Public Library Board announces on 24 May that one of its two first branch libraries will be called Bathurst Heights. Several sites are considered.
1956 North York Board of Education recommends "that 100' [foot] frontage and 150' [foot] depth on the Saranac School property be made available for a branch library" (North York Public Library Board minutes, 21 February 1956). The Library Board acquires additional school property (two feet wide by 25 feet deep) in 1957, paying a total of $6,700 for the two properties that November.
1962 Bathurst Heights Regional Branch is opened by the North York Public Library Board, 23 January. Officially opened, 8 April. Located at 3170 Bathurst Street, northwest corner of Covington Road. Freedman, Petroff, Jeruzalski Architects.
1966 Bathurst Heights Regional Branch is enlarged. Opened 3 November.
1989 North York Public Library Board agrees on 20 June to enter into an agreement with CBL, under Dr. Murray Frum, to exchange land and have a new Bathurst Heights Branch constructed at CBL's expense at the northeast corner of Covington Road and Saranac Boulevard, one-half block west of the existing branch. Phillip H. Carter, Architect, is confirmed as the architect of the new library, 1 August.
1991 Construction of the new branch commences on 22 July. Service continues at the old branch.
1992 North York Public Library Board votes on 27 April to rename the new library in honour of the late Barbara Frum (1937-1992), the distinguished broadcaster and journalist. In waiving its policy of not naming library buildings after individuals, Board chair Barry Burton said, "Barbara Frum's contribution to Canadian culture and the Frum family's contribution to North York have been exemplary and deserving of such a tribute." Public service is suspended for four weeks from late July to late August for the move from the old branch to the new branch, which officially opens on 24 September. 25 Years of Barbara Frum Library (1992-2017) and how it came to be.
2007 Hours open per week increased on 8 January from 59 to 59.5.
2011 Closed 30 October for retrofit of the main floor. Reopened November 16.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room A

  • 432 sq. ft.
  • Seats 30 lecture style. Seats 20 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 40.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • tables
    • whiteboard


  • 1,089 sq. ft.
  • Seats 100 lecture style. Seats 60 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • lectern
    • LCD projector unit
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Meeting Room A, the Auditorium and washrooms are located on the third floor. Fully accessible washrooms are only located on the first and second floors.
  • Kitchen

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


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    Upcoming Events

    Tue, Dec 19 - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Tue, Dec 19 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Mon, Jan 08 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

    Regular Programs

    Tue, Dec 19 - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Wed, Dec 20 - 4:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Wed, Dec 20 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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