Carnegie Library - Mimico

Address: 47 Station Road
Architect: S.B. Coon & Son
Opened: 1915, March 2
Demolished: 1966
Replaced with: Mimico Centennial Library, 1966

In 1912, several prominent Mimico residents decided to establish a public library board as a recreational project for the village, which Mimico voters approved in a plebiscite held on January 1, 1913.1 With 1,373 residents, the village's population was well below the minimum of 2,000 people usually required for Carnegie grants. Nevertheless, on February 26, 1914, Mimico received a Carnegie grant of $7,500 to build a library. At $5.46 per capita, this was the highest per capita amount received in the Toronto area. The grant carried the usual Carnegie grant conditions: "the Carnegie Trust Fund agreeing to contribute $7,500 to the building if the Council furnish a free site and guarantees $750 annually towards the upkeep."2 Evidently, $6,500 of the $7,500 grant was to be allocated for construction of the new library and the other $1,000 was to "be spent on the equipment of the new building."3

Mimico Council provided a centrally-located site for the new library at Station Road and Stanley Avenue and S. B. Coon & Son, a Toronto architectural firm, was hired to design the building. Building plans were approved by the library board by April 1914 although, as the Toronto Star noted, "They will have to receive the approval of the Carnegie Library Board in New York [sic] before tenders can be called for."4 The newspaper also provided a drawing (see above) and a description of the new library: "The building will be of dark brick, with a basement and main floor. The basement will include a large assembly hall capable of holding three hundred and fifty people, together with the rooms for the librarian. The main floor will be entirely open."5

Mimico Public Library opened at 47 Station Road on March 2, 1915. The building was demolished in 1966, and replaced with the Mimico Centennial Library on the same site.

1 Harvey Currell, The Mimico Story, 2nd rev. ed. (Mimico, Ont,: Town of Mimico and Library Board, 1967): 126 passim. (August 9, 2005).
2 "Suburban notes," Toronto Star, 25 March 1914, 12.
3 Ibid.
4 "The New Mimico Library," Toronto Star, 24 April 1914, 9.
5 Ibid.