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Bendale

1515 Danforth Road, Toronto, ON
M1J 1H5

416-396-8910

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

Directions


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


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


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

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

Technology

Collections

  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection

Language

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

Branch History


Year Details
1834 Scarboro Subscription Library established at a public meeting at St. Andrew's Church, 7 April. The library was located at Springfield Farm House (still standing at 146 St. Andrews Road), the home of James A. Thomson, the first librarian. It was relocated in 1846 to a small frame building erected near St. Andrew's Church.
1878 Scarboro Subscription Library dissolved, 7 December. Replaced by Scarborough Mechanics' Institute, established 9 December.
1895 Renamed Scarboro Public Library. It is a “not free” public library association.
1896 Scarborough Centennial Memorial Library constructed and opened as part of Scarborough Township's centennial celebrations. The building stands at 117 St. Andrews Road, just east of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The Scarborough Historical Society dedicated a plaque to the Scarborough Centennial Memorial Library on 18 June, 1978. The building was included on the Scarborough LACAC's List of Designated Properties, 11 February, 1985.
1955 Taken over by the newly-formed Public Library Board of the Township of Scarborough, becoming one of its first three branches. Called St. Andrew's Branch. Officially opened 1 October.
1961 St. Andrew's Branch closed. Bendale Branch opened in 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/renovation. Hours returned to 40 hours weekly when Cedarbrae reopened, 6 December.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Seats 167 lecture style. Seats 52 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 170.
  • kitchenette
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart stand
    • podium
    • portable whiteboard
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables

Elevator to the lower level. Wheelchair access to lower level via ramp at back of library and via ramp to front door elevator.


Directions


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


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.

Parking


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


Upcoming Events

Tue, Sep 23 - 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 27 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Sat, Sep 27 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thu, Oct 09 - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tue, Oct 21 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events