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1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
M6K 1L6


*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 Queen Street West and Dufferin Street. Located on the south side of Queen Street West at Cowan Ave.

Public Transit

TTC Dufferin bus #29 southbound from Dufferin subway station to Queen Street, walk 5 minutes west to the library.
TTC streetcar #501 along Queen Street West.


Paid - lot 1 block west on Queen Street


Map to library branch


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with at least 29" clearance under table top
  • Computer workstation with adjustable height surface
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)
  • Height adjustable table or desk
  • Study tables with at least 29" clearance under table top




  • Large collection in Chinese
  • Medium collection in French, Tamil
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Polish, Tibetan, Vietnamese

Branch History

Year Details
1880 Parkdale Library Association and Mechanics' Institute established, November.
1881 Library opened, 1 November. Located in school-house of St. Mark's Church, Cowan Avenue, east side, south of Queen Street West.
1888 Relocated to Town of Parkdale's former council chamber and municipal offices, Queen Street West, south side, east of Cowan Avenue.
1889 Town of Parkdale annexed to Toronto, 23 March. Books and furniture of Parkdale Library Association and Mechanics' Institute transferred to TPL, 10 May.
1890 Relocated to Dundas Street Branch, opened 25 January. Rented premises, Dundas Street (now Ossington Avenue), west side, just north of Queen Street West.