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Deer Park

40 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, ON
M4T 1M9


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 Yonge Street and St. Clair Ave. East. Located one block east of Yonge Street on the north side of St. Clair Ave.

Public Transit

TTC St. Clair subway station, exit St. Clair Centre.
TTC streetcar St. Clair Ave.


Paid parking on Alvin Street 1 block east of Yonge and north of St. Clair Ave.


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - After Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Seating for 79

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand(s)
  • Cassette players - in-library use or for loan
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers hand held or stand
  • Page turner



  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local history collection


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

Branch History

Year Details
1905 Deer Park Public Library is organized. By 31 December 1905, the "not Free" library has total receipts of $425.65 including a municipal grant of $25 from York Township and $60.75 from member's fees. It has 180 members, 532 volumes issued 212 times and expenditures of $403.40. The library is housed in Deer Park School (it stood from 1888 to 1961 on the north side of today’s St. Clair Avenue East, just east of the present Ferndale Avenue). Principal William J. Thomson is the librarian.
1908 Deer Park is annexed to Toronto from York Township. The assets of the Deer Park Public Library, including $18.25 cash on hand and 1,281 books are transferred to the Toronto Public Library.
1910 Deer Park Public Library ceases to receive provincial and local aid, and closes. “At the request of those interested in the Library, its collection of books [1,281 volumes, plus $18.25 cash on hand] was taken over by the Toronto Public Library, and it decided to open a sub-station in that section of the city. In accordance with this decision, premises have been leased on Yonge Street, in the near vicinity of the Deer Park Post Office, and furnishings and books are being installed. It is the intension of the Board to open this Branch during three afternoons and evenings of the week. It will commence operations with a supply of some 1,200 volumes.” (Toronto Public Library, Annual Report, 1910).
1911 Toronto Public Library opens Deer Park Branch, 21 January. Located in rented premises, 1524 Yonge Street, west side, between Delisle Avenue and Heath Street West.
1914 Relocated to rented premises, 4-6 St. Clair Avenue West, north side, late December.
1917 Relocated to larger rented premises, 5-7 St. Clair Avenue East (Murray Block), southeast corner of Yonge Street (between Yonge street and Tamblyn Lane), opened 29 December.
1933 With drastically decreased revenues, the Toronto Public Library Board decides to close Deer Park Branch on 30 April, but reversed its decision on 4 May. “When this decision was announced, however, there arose such a storm of protest that the Board was eventually prevailed upon to keep Deer Park open.” (Toronto Public Library, Annual Report, 1933).
1952 Relocated to 40 St. Clair Avenue East, northeast corner of Alvin Avenue. Opened 2 June by Mayor Allan Lamport; TPL-owned, revenue-producing building. Arthur H. Eadie, Architect.
1981 Renovated by Shore Tilbe Henschel Irwin Peters Architects. Reopened 20 June.
2000 Closed for renovation 12 June. Bruce Stratton Architects. Reopened 23 October.
2007 Hour open per week increased on 8 January from 60.5 to 62.