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Downsview

2793 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
M3M 2G3

416-395-5720

*Sunday hours in effect from September to June
Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 12:30 p.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. 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Directions


Closest major intersection Keele Street and Wilson Ave. Located at northeast corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. behind the plaza.

Public Transit


TTC Keele Street bus northbound from Keele subway station, stops right in front of the library.
TTC Wilson buses from York Mills subway station and Wilson subway station, stop at the corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. in both directions.

Parking


Free - lot adjacent to the library.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Public Phones (inside)
  • Seating for 104

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with at least 29” clearance under table top
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers – hand held or stand
  • Study tables with at least 29” clearance under table top

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Medium collection in Gujarati, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Vietnamese

Branch History


Year Details
1960 North York Public Library Board plans Downsview Branch as its first regional library for the west end of the municipality.
1961 Sod-turning ceremony, 9 May. Officiating are Mrs. W.W. Allison, Chairman of the North York Public Library Board; William L. Graff, Chief Librarian; James Service, Councillor for Ward 7; William Lyon, Councillor for Ward 8; R. J. Stanbury and Sydney Moscoe, Board members; Paul Meschino, architect; and Anthony Fassel, contractor.
1962 Opened to the public, 6 March. Paul Meschino Architect.
1963 Officially opened on 26 May, with the cornerstone (dated 1961) laid by Vivian Thomas Graff, the widow of William L. Graff, North York’s chief librarian since 1955, who had died in office on 15 October 1962.
1965 Enlarged to regional/area size. Officially opened, 15 April. Paul Meschino Architect.
1995 Closed for renovations and expansion, 26 June.
1996 Reopened, 6 May. Makrimichalos Cugini Architects.
1997 Included on an inventory of North York's Modernist Architecture, prepared by the City of North York Planning Department, Urban Design Division.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Auditorium

  • 1,405 sq. ft.
  • Seats 74 lecture style. Seats 74 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 110.
  • Equipment:
    • ceiling mounted projection screen
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room A

  • 242 sq. ft.
  • Seats 18 lecture style. Seats 18 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 25.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room B

  • 486 sq. ft.
  • Seats 22 lecture style. Seats 22 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 35.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Kitchen

  • Equipment:
    • coffee urns (32-cup and 100 cup)
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
  • Kitchen is shared if two or more groups have made a booking.

Auditorium and wheelchair accessible washroom are located on the lower level (access by elevator).


Directions


Closest major intersection Keele Street and Wilson Ave. Located at northeast corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. behind the plaza.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection Keele Street and Wilson Ave. Located at northeast corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. behind the plaza.

Parking


Free - lot adjacent to the library.


Upcoming Events

Thu, Dec 11 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 18 - 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Tue, Nov 25 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov 26 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fri, Nov 28 - 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events