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Taylor Memorial

1440 Kingston Road, Toronto, ON
M1N 1R3


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


Closest major intersection Kingston Road and Warden Ave. Located at northwest corner of Kingston Road and Warden Ave.

Public Transit

TTC Kingston Road bus #12 from Victoria Park subway station.
TTC Warden bus #69 from Warden subway station.


Free - parking for 4 cars including 1 disabled. Also street parking. Parking on northeast side of Kingston Road in laneway north of TD CanadaTrust parking lot.


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 39

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Large print keyboard
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand



  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection

Branch History

Year Details
1920 Birch Cliff Library Association is organized, 4 December. The library was spearheaded by Mrs. Ellen E. Reece, the first principal of Birch Cliff School (Scarborough Township School Section 15), which opened in 1916 on Kingston Road at the southwest corner of Birch Cliff Avenue). She also was the inaugural president of the Birch Cliff Home and School Association, established in February 1920. The first Library Board included “a clergyman, a merchant, [and] community-minded women.” (Ontario Library Review, 23, February 1939, 24)
1921 A public library is opened in a room in Birch Cliff Public School, probably in the four-room addition built in 1919. Serving a population of 1,962 residents, at the end of its first year of operation, the Birch Cliff Library Association has a collection of 572 volumes that circulate 1,420 times. Its total expenditure is $483.19, with $384.59 spent on books. Operated by volunteers, the library’s revenue includes membership fees, a provincial legislative grant of $78.87 and $320 raised by the Birch Cliff Home and School Association. (Ontario, Report of the Inspector of Public Libraries, 1922)
1925 Children’s books are added. (Birch Cliff Public School History, 1966)
1938 Birch Cliff Library Association moves the library to an annex building of Birch Cliff Public School supplied by the trustees of School Section 15, Scarborough Township (Birch Cliff) “for the sole use of the [library’s] members.” (Ontario Library Review, 23, February 1939, 25)
1944 Birch Cliff Library Association makes its last report to the Ontario Minister of Education. In 1943, its final year of operation, the library had 115 borrowers (in a population of 3,709 residents), 3,037 volumes that circulated 2,384 times, was open 3.5 hours per week, spent $104.78 and received a legislative grant of $55.37. “The library vacated the school in 1944 and since then, the Home and School has provided the excellent collection in the basement for the pupils’ use.” (Birch Cliff Public School History, 1966)