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2161 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
M4L 1J1


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


Closest major intersection Queen Street East and Lee Ave. Branch located on the south side of Queen Street at the entrance to Kew Gardens.

Public Transit

TTC Main Bus 64S (Queen Street) from Main Street subway station.
TTC Queen Streetcar 501 to Neville Park.


Paid - public parking lot on Lee Ave., south of Queen St; street parking.


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Outdoor Reading Garden - weather permitting, beginning May 24th until the end of September, Monday-Saturday.
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Seating for 62

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand
  • Page turner
  • Table lamp



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


  • Medium collection in French (children)

Branch History

Year Details
1914 Opened in storefront on Queen Street East, northeast corner of Hambly Avenue, 23 February (TPL Annual Report, 1914)
1915 Carnegie Corporation of New York granted $50,000 to TPL to build 3 branch libraries. Mayor Tommy Church laid the cornerstone for Beaches Library in Kew Gardens, 29 October. Toronto's Carnegie Libraries- Beaches
1916 Opened 13 December. Eden Smith & Sons, Architects. Design almost identical to Wychwood and High Park branches. Building Beaches Branch, 1910-1916 (PDF)
1979 Listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties, adopted by City Council, 1 October.
1980 Renovated by Stinson Montgomery Sisam Architects. Reopened 26 September.
1993 Closed 3 July for barrier free access improvements. Reopened 3 August.
2004 Closed 19 April for renovation. Phillip H. Carter Architect and Kingsland & Architects Inc., (in joint venture). Bookmobile service provided at Beaches - Gardener's Cottage, Kew Gardens Park, 20 Lee Ave. - 1.5 hours per week starting 13 May.
2005 Beaches branch reopened 20 January. One-ton cast bronze owl by architect Phillip H. Carter and artisan Ludzer Vandermolen installed at the branch entrance 7 July.
2006 Heritage plaque presented by Heritage Toronto in partnership with Toronto Public Library, September 30. Toronto's Historical Plaques
2007 New hours, 8 January. Open hours per week increased from 60.5 to 62.