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Leaside

165 McRae Drive, Toronto, ON
M4G 1S8

416-396-3835

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

Directions


Closest major intersection: Eglinton Ave. East and Laird Drive. Located on southwest corner of McRae Dr. and Rumsey Rd.

Public Transit


TTC bus 88 from St. Clair subway station.

Parking


Free parking on McRae Dr.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifier)
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand

Technology

Collections

  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local History Collection

Language

  • Large collection in French (children)
  • Small collection in French (adult)

Branch History


Year Details
1943 Library opens as an association library in a rented storefront at 645 (now 1645) Bayview Avenue, on the east side a few doors north of Fleming Crescent, 15 July.
1944 Leaside Public Library Board incorporated, following a referendum in December 1943 when the people of Leaside voted overwhelmingly to establish a public library.
1948 Town of Leaside Council approves plans for a new library, June. The first sod is turned in April 1949 in a section of Millwood Park (renamed Trace Manes Park in 1950).
1950 New building at 165 McRae Drive officially opened, 8 March. Adamson & Morgan Architects.
1958 New main entrance and addition to the southern part of the building is officially opened, 15 November. A branch library for boys and girls also is opened in a portable on the grounds of Northlea Public School, Rumsey Road at Divadale Drive. A similar branch opens at Rolph Road School, October 1962.
1967 Leaside Public Library becomes part of the new Borough of East York Public Library Board formed with the amalgamation of the Town of Leaside and the Township of East York.
1998 Leaside Branch becomes part of the Toronto Public Library with municipal amalgamation, 1 January.
1999 Sunday openings discontinued 25 April.
2001 Closed for reconstruction, 31 March, Moffat Kinoshita Architects Inc. Temporary library service provided at Trace Manes Community Center for 35 hours per week, 17 April.
2002 Temporary library service at Trace Manes Community Center discontinued 18 May. Branch officially reopened 11 June.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Open hours per week increased from 48.5 to 50.5.
2010 New hours, 13 September. Open hours per week increased from 50.5 to 62.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Seats 75 lecture style. Seats 36 classroom style. Fire Occupancy Code: 120.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • kitchenette with refrigerator
  • Wheelchair access.

Directions


Closest major intersection: Eglinton Ave. East and Laird Drive. Located on southwest corner of McRae Dr. and Rumsey Rd.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection: Eglinton Ave. East and Laird Drive. Located on southwest corner of McRae Dr. and Rumsey Rd.

Parking


Free parking on McRae Dr.


Upcoming Events

Wed, Sep 10 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 11 - 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 13 - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Regular Programs

Sat, Sep 06 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 23 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed, Oct 01 - 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

All Branch Programs & Events