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Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books

Located on the 4th floor of Lillian H. Smith branch.

239 College Street, Toronto, ON
M5T 1R5

416-393-7753

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Directions


Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.

Public Transit


TTC College streetcar from College subway station west to Spadina.
TTC College streetcar from Queen's Park subway station west to Spadina.
TTC Spadina streetcar from Union subway station north to College.
TTC Spadina streetcar south from Spadina subway station to College.

Parking


Paid - Meter parking along Huron Street, more parking at Clarke Institute of Psychiatry on north side of College - entrance on Spadina.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

Technology

Collections

  • Canadiana Collection - reference collection of children's books written or illustrated by Canadians, or pertaining to Canada.
  • Jean Thomson Collection of Original Book-Related Art
  • Lillian H. Smith Collection - reference collection of notable children's books in English, primarily British and American, from 1911 to the present.
  • Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books - reference collection of historic English-language children's books ranging from the 14th century to the end of 1910.
  • Reference Collection of background materials

Branch History


Year Details
1949 Edgar Osborne presented his collection of over 2,000 historical British children's books to the TPL Board.
1958 First volume of the Catalogue of the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books published.
1962 Lillian H. Smith Collection of Children's Books established to mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of children's library services in Toronto, and named in honour of Lillian H. Smith (1887-1983), the librarian who pioneered them.
1966 Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections organized.
1978 The Canadiana Collection was inaugurated.
1995 Boys & Girls House branch closed 1 April. New Lillian H. Smith branch opened 18 October. Phillip H. Carter, Architect.
2001 Online cataloguing of Osborne Collection begun.

Directions


Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.

Parking


Paid - Meter parking along Huron Street, more parking at Clarke Institute of Psychiatry on north side of College - entrance on Spadina.


Upcoming Events

Tue, Oct 21 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed, Oct 22 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thu, Oct 23 - 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Mon, Oct 20 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mon, Oct 20 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wed, Oct 22 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events