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Annette Street

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON
M6P 1P3

416-393-7692

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 10:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. 8:30 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: Keele and Annette Streets. Branch is located on the southwest corner of Annette Street and Medland Street.

Public Transit


TTC #26 Dupont bus from Jane subway station; the bus stops right in front of the library.
TTC #26 Dupont bus from St. George subway station; the bus stops directly across the street from the library.
TTC #30 Lambton bus from High Park subway, north to Annette Street. Walk east to the library.
TTC #40 Junction bus from Dundas West subway, get off at Pacific. Walk south to Annette, then walk east to the library.
TTC #89 Weston Road bus or #41 Keele bus from Keele subway station, north on Keele Street to Annette Street. Walk west 2 blocks to Annette Street and Medland Street.

Parking


Street parking.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - After Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Meeting Rooms and wheelchair access washroom are on the basement level.
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Seating for 29

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand(s)
  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand

Technology

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local History Collection

Language

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

Branch History


Year Details
1888 West Toronto Junction Mechanics' Institute established, February. A library and a reading room are opened in the Campbell Block, Dundas Street West, northwest corner of Keele Street in 1889.
1894 Relocated to Kilburn Building, Dundas Street East (now West), northeast corner of Van Horne Street (now Heintzman Street).
1895 Renamed Toronto Junction Public Library; this is not a 'free' library.
1908 Andrew Carnegie grants $20,000 to Toronto Junction to build a public library, 6 April. As a Condition of the grant, the ‘free’ West Toronto Public Library Board is established. A site for the new library is acquired on Annette Street, southwest corner of Medland Street, 26 June, with additional property immediately west on Annette Street purchased in October. Ellis & Connery, the architectural firm of Junction resident James A. Ellis, are commissioned to design the building.
1909 City of West Toronto is annexed to the City of Toronto, 1 May. The assets of the West Toronto Library Board, including the library building (under construction) and 3,800 books, are transferred to the Toronto Public Library Board. Western Branch is opened on 1 September with official ceremonies held on 27 September. Toronto's Carnegie Libraries - Western
1911 Canadian Free Library for the Blind operates in the basement, 1 October - December 1916.
1917 Children's Department is relocated from the main floor to the former auditorium in the basement, February.
1962 Renovated; Boys and Girls Room is relocated to the main floor. Renamed Annette Street Branch, 14 April.
1979 Closed for renovation and an addition to the west side, 30 July. Temporary storefront on the north side of Dundas Street West, west of Pacific Avenue, opened on 30 August.
1980 Reopened 9 June. Renovation, restoration and addition by Sillaste & Nakashima Architects.
1981 Hours increased; opened on Wednesdays, April.
1990 Closed 13 August for minor retrofit. Reopened 9 September.
1994 Hours reduced from 60.5 to 48 hours per week, 24 May. Closed 2 July for HVAC retrofit. Reopened 12 September.
1998 Listed by Toronto City Council on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties, 1 October.
1999 West Toronto Junction Historical Society Archives officially opened in a basement room, 4 February
2002 Refurbishment. Closed 28 March to 11 April.
2007 Hours increased from 48 to 50.5 hours per week, 8 January.
2009 Closed for a State of Good Repair retrofit from 3 August to 5 September, reopening Tuesday, 8 September. 100th anniversary of Western/Annette Street Branch is celebrated on 12 September. Heritage plaque presented by Heritage Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Heritage plaque

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1,083 sq. ft.
  • Seats 60 lecture style. Seats 24 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 80
  • Equipment:
    • chairs (Adult and Children's)
    • coffee urn(s)
    • flip chart stand
    • lectern
    • tables
    • screen

Meeting room

  • 420 sq. ft
  • Seats 20 lecture style. 18 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 25

Meeting Rooms and wheelchair access washroom are on the basement level.


Directions


Closest major intersection: Keele and Annette Streets. Branch is located on the southwest corner of Annette Street and Medland Street.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection: Keele and Annette Streets. Branch is located on the southwest corner of Annette Street and Medland Street.

Parking


Street parking.


Upcoming Events

Tue, Nov 25 - 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue, Dec 09 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Sat, Nov 22 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 22 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Mon, Nov 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events