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1515 Danforth Road, Toronto, ON
M1J 1H5


Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday Closed
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


Closest major intersection McCowan Road and Lawrence Ave. East. Located on east side of Danforth Road 2 blocks south of McCowan Road and Lawrence Ave. East. Near Scarborough General Hospital.

Public Transit

McCowan bus #16 stops at library.


Parking Spaces (25)
Parking Spaces for Disabled (2)


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Seating for 15

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifier - hand held



  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection


  • Medium collection in Chinese
  • Small collection in French (children), Hindi, Tagalog, Tamil

Branch History

Year Details
1834 Scarborough Subscription Library is organized at a public meeting at St. Andrew's Church, on today's St. Andrews Road. The nucleus of the collection came from the private library of David and Mary Thomson, Scarborough's first European residents, who settled there in 1799. James A. Thomson, David's nephew, was the Society's first librarian and its president, 1860-78. His Springfield Farm House is at 146 St. Andrews Road. In 1846, the library was moved to a small frame building (demolished) on the north side of St. Andrews Road, opposite St. Andrews church cemetery.
1878 Scarborough Mechanics' Institute and Association Library is incorporated on November 20 (registered on December 9), replacing the Scarborough Subscription Library.
1895 Becomes the Scarboro Public Library (not free), when the Ontario Public Library Act replaces mechanics' institutes with public libraries (free and not free).
1896 A library is constructed at today's 117 St. Andrews Road, just east of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, as part of Scarborough Township's centennial celebrations. Located on land leased from the church, the "commodious structure 26 x 36 feet" was first used as a museum during anniversary festivities held on June 17 and 18. Shortly after, it was faced with brick and opened as the Scarboro' Centennial Memorial Library. A heritage plaque was dedicated to the building on June 18, 1978 and it was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act on February 11, 1985.
1955 Taken over by the newly-formed Public Library Board of the Township of Scarborough (established by Bylaw 6509 passed by Scarborough Council on August 18, 1955). It is renamed St. Andrew's Branch and officially opens on October 1 as one of three branches in the new system (the others being at Highland Creek and Agincourt).
1961 St. Andrew's Branch is closed. Bendale Branch opens in the current location, 11 May. Mandel Sprachman Architect.
1979 Retrofitted. Mandel Sprachman Architect.
1994 Weekly service hours reduced from 47 to 40, beginning 5 July.
1999 Renovated. Closed 3 May - 4 October. Stephen Teeple Architect.
2007 New open hours, 8 January. Number of open hours per week unchanged.
2010 Hours expanded temporarily to 65.5 weekly, plus Sundays, during Cedarbrae's closure/re