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Service Update

All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Friday, April 18, Sunday, April 20 and Monday, April 21 for Easter. Open as usual on Saturday, April 19.

Main Street

137 Main Street, Toronto, ON
M4E 2V9

416-393-7700

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. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Directions


Closest major intersection Gerrard Street East and Main Street. Located on the east side of Main Street, 1/2 block south of Gerrard Street East.

Public Transit


Main Street subway station, walk 5 minutes south on Main Street to the library.
TTC buses #64 Main, #135 Gerrard.
TTC streetcar #506 along Gerrard Street.

Parking


Free - rear of library of laneway at north side of the building.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand (s)
  • Magnifiers - hand held or stand
  • Page turner

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in French (children)
  • Medium collection in French (adult)

Branch History


Year Details
1903 Public library (not free) opens at East Toronto.
1908 Town of East Toronto is annexed to Toronto, 15 December. The assets of its library are transferred to the Toronto Public Library.
1914 Eastern Branch opened 15 December. Located in rented premises at Y.M.C.A. Gerrard Street East, northeast corner of Main Street.
1919 Toronto City Council provided funds "by a special appropriation of $100,000 for the purchase of sites and the erection of library buildings for the districts of Earlscourt and East Toronto." (TPL Annual Report, 1919).
1921 Relocated to Main Street, east side, between Swanwick Avenue and Gerrard Street East. Opened 15 December. Architect James P. Hynes.
1928 One-floor extension erected on south side for stack-room.
1977 Renamed Main Street. Renovated by Carter & Greenberg. Reopened September.
1985 Renovated, Klein & Taylor Architects. Branch closed 2 July to 28 October.
1992 Closed March 23 for barrier free access improvements. Reopened 19 April.
1996 Closed 26 February for infrastructure retrofit. Reopened 2 July.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Open hours per week increased from 60.5 to 62.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Program Room

  • 687 sq. ft.
  • Seats 30 lecture style. Seats 8 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 60.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • flip chart stand
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • 4 tables

Program Room is located on the basement level. Washrooms are on the ground and second floors. Wheelchair accessible.


Directions


Closest major intersection Gerrard Street East and Main Street. Located on the east side of Main Street, 1/2 block south of Gerrard Street East.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection Gerrard Street East and Main Street. Located on the east side of Main Street, 1/2 block south of Gerrard Street East.

Parking


Free - rear of library of laneway at north side of the building.


Upcoming Events

Wed, Apr 16 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thu, May 01 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed, May 14 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Apr 17 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thu, May 01 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sat, May 03 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events