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1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
M6K 1L6


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 Queen Street West and Dufferin Street. Located on the south side of Queen Street West at Cowan Ave.

Public Transit

TTC Dufferin bus #29 southbound from Dufferin subway station to Queen Street, walk 5 minutes west to the library.
TTC streetcar #501 along Queen Street West to Brock Street.


Paid - lot 1 block west on Queen Street


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General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • Computers with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)
  • Large print keyboard
  • Large trackball mouse
  • Magnifier
  • Natural spectrum lamp
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible furniture




  • Large collection in Chinese (adult)
  • Medium collection in French, Tamil
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Polish, Tibetan (adult), Vietnamese

Branch History

Year Details
1880 Parkdale Library Association and Mechanics' Institute established, November.
1881 Library opened, 1 November. Located in school-house of St. Mark's Church, Cowan Avenue, east side, south of Queen Street West.
1888 Relocated to Town of Parkdale's former council chamber and municipal offices, Queen Street West, south side, east of Cowan Avenue.
1889 Town of Parkdale annexed to Toronto, 23 March. Books and furniture of Parkdale Library Association and Mechanics' Institute transferred to TPL, 10 May.
1890 Relocated to Dundas Street Branch, opened 25 January. Rented premises, Dundas Street (now Ossington Avenue), west side, just north of Queen Street West.
1903 Carnegie Corporation of New York granted $350,000 to TPL for new central library and 3 branch library buildings. Toronto's Carnegie Libraries - Queen and Lisgar
1907 Site acquired Queen Street West, southeast corner Lisgar Street.
1909 Dundas Street Branch closed March 15. Queen and Lisgar Branch opened 30 April. Architect Robert McCallum, City Architect.
1962 Site acquired for Parkdale Branch, Queen Street West, southeast corner of Cowan Avenue.
1964 Queen and Lisgar Branch closed. Relocated to Parkdale Branch, opened 28 February. Resource branch for region, also housed Languages and Literature Centre. Gordon S. Adamson & Associates, Architects.
1970 Community Information Post opened.
1990 Learning Centre opened.
1993 Closed 21 June for carpet replacement. Reopened 5 July.
1998 Closed 7 December for retrofit. Bookmobile stop provided during closure.
1999 Reopened 26 June.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week increased from 60.5 to 65.5.
2016 The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library opened in April. It is the first of its kind in the city, and also the first in public libraries across Canada.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.


  • 3,610 sq. ft
  • Seats 160 lecture style. 52 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 260.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • kitchen

Meeting Room A

  • 650 sq. ft.
  • Seats 30 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 70.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables

Meeting Room B

  • 239 sq. ft.
  • Seats 15 lecture style. Seats 15 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 23.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables

Meeting Room and auditorium are on the basement level. Elevator. Accessible washroom available.


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Upcoming Events

Thu, Sep 21 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fri, Sep 22 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 23 - 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Fri, Sep 22 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 23 - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events