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City Hall

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
M5H 2N3

416-393-7650

Branch Hours
Day Opening Time Closing Time
Monday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Directions


Closest major intersection Queen Street and Bay Street. Located on the northwest corner of Queen and Bay Street, in the new City Hall at the street level.

Public Transit


TTC Bay bus stops at Albert Street.
TTC Queen streetcar stops at Queen and Bay Street.

Parking


Paid - underground at City Hall, parking lot at Dundas Street West and Bay Street.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Drop - After Hours when City Hall building is open
  • Express Checkout
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Seating for 55

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)

Technology

Collections

  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese

Branch History


Year Details
1911 Municipal Reference Library opened 11 September. Located in City Hall, Queen Street West, northeast corner of Bay Street.
1928 Municipal Reference Branch closed at Toronto City Hall. Downtown Branch opened 23 January. Located in rented premises, 42 Adelaide Street West, near Yonge Street. Collections transferred from Church Street Library and Municipal Reference Library.
1947 Downtown Branch closed.
1952 Downtown Branch reopened July 7 in rented premises in the old Bank of Nova Scotia, 39 King Street West, near Bay Street.
1956 Downtown Branch relocated to rented premises at 25 Richmond Street West, near Bay Street.
1965 Downtown Branch closed, 3 September. City Hall Branch opened 14 September in Toronto's new City Hall. Architects Viljo Revell & John B. Parkin Associates. Collections formed from Downtown Branch and Business Reference Department (Hallam Room). Included a new Municipal Reference Department on the mezzanine.
1966 Metropolitan Toronto Library Board formed; Business Reference and Municipal Reference collection transferred to it.
1976 City Hall listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties, adopted by City Council, August 18.
1987 Retrofitted by Joseph Bogdan, Architects. Branch closed 16 April.
1988 Reopened 29 February.
1992 Municipal Reference Department transferred to New Metro Hall 1 July.
1995 Hours reduced 23 October from 47.5 to 25 hours per week. Closed for renovation 22 December.
1996 Reopened 17 June. Space reduced from 11,000 to 5,074 sq. ft. Collections, hours and staff also reduced.
2007 Hours open per week increased on 8 January from 25 to 40.

Directions


Closest major intersection Queen Street and Bay Street. Located on the northwest corner of Queen and Bay Street, in the new City Hall at the street level.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection Queen Street and Bay Street. Located on the northwest corner of Queen and Bay Street, in the new City Hall at the street level.

Parking


Paid - underground at City Hall, parking lot at Dundas Street West and Bay Street.


Upcoming Events

Tue, Feb 10 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Nov 20 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events