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Barbara Frum

Service Update

The public washrooms on the 2nd floor will be out of service due to renovations from November 9 until approximately December 9. There are washrooms available on the 3rd floor.

20 Covington Road, Toronto, ON
M6A 3C1


*Sunday hours in effect from September to June
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
  • Individual Study Rooms
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Public Phone (inside)
  • Quiet Study Rooms (3)
  • Read Aloud Room
  • Seating for 108

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with at least 29" clearance under table top
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers (hand held or stand)



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


  • Large collection in French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Russian, Tagalog
  • Medium collection in Chinese
  • 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 its two first branch libraries will be called Bathurst Heights. Several sites are considered….On 12 October it moves “to purchase from the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC) a plot of land about 150 by 200 feet just east of Bathurst Heights Collegiate on the north side of Lawrence Avenue at about a price of $1000.00”. Additional property (two feet wide by 25 feet deep) from Saranac School is acquired from the North York Board of Education in 1957.
1962 Bathurst Heights Branch opened by the North York Public Library Board, 23 January. Officially opened, 8 April. Located at 3170 Bathurst Street, one block north of Lawrence Avenue West. Freedman, Petroff, Zeruzalski Architects.
1966 Bathurst Heights Branch enlarged to regional/area size.
1992 Bathurst Heights Regional Library closed and demolished. Replaced by Barbara Frum District Library at the present location. Officially opened, 24 September. Phillip H. Carter Architect. Named in honour of Barbara Frum (1937-1992), the distinguished broadcaster and journalist.
2007 Hours open per week increased on 8 January from 59 to 59.5.
2011 Closed 30 October for installation and retrofit of the main floor. Reopened November 16.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room A

  • 432 sq. ft.
  • Seats 40 lecture style. Seats 20 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 40.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart
    • tables
    • whiteboard
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.

Auditorium B

  • 1,089 sq. ft.
  • Seats 120 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
  • Wheelchair accessible. Located on 3rd floor with washrooms.


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


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Upcoming Events

Wed, Dec 02 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 04 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tue, Dec 08 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Regular Programs

Mon, Nov 30 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Tue, Dec 01 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tue, Dec 01 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events