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Lillian H. Smith

239 College Street, Toronto, ON
M5T 1R5


*Sunday hours in effect from September to June
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. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed


Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.

Public Transit

TTC College streetcar from College subway station west to Spadina.
TTC College streetcar from Queen's Park subway station west to Spadina.
TTC Harbourfront streetcar from Union to Spadina then Spadina streetcar north to College.
TTC Spadina streetcar south from Spadina subway station to College.


Paid - Meter parking along Huron Street, more parking at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on north side of College. BIXI bicycle stand on Huron St., along the east wall of the library.


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Public Phone (inside)
  • Seating for 110

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Magnifiers (hand held or stand)



  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Career Information Collection
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Collection
  • Large Print Collection
  • Local History Collection
  • Newcomer Information Service
  • Special Collections: Children's Literature Resource Collection
  • Special Collections: Marguerite G. Bagshaw Collection of Puppetry Creative Drama and Theatre for Children


  • Large collection in Chinese (adult & children)
  • Medium collection in French (children), Vietnamese

Branch History

Year Details
1922 Boys & Girls House Library opened 27 September. First library in the British Empire devoted exclusively to children.
1928 Enlarged "to provide a little theatre for dramatic and story-hour purpose." (TPL Annual Report 1928).
1951 Addition for library and Little Theatre opened 30 May.
1963 Original Boys and Girls House demolished.
1964 Boys and Girls House rebuilt, 1951 addition retained. Murray & Fliess Architects. Opened 7 May.