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3083 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
M4N 2K7


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


Closest major intersection Yonge Street and Lawrence Ave. East. Located on the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Lawrence Ave. East.

Public Transit

Lawrence subway station.


Free - Small parking lot off Lawrence Ave. East.


Map to library branch


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Seating for 81

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Large print keyboard
  • Large trackball mouse
  • Magnifier
  • Natural spectrum lamp
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible furniture



  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Large Print Collection


  • Medium collection in French - Children

Branch History

Year Details
1944 Toronto City Council approves a recommendation by the Parks Committee "that a portion of Lawrence Park, at the south-east corner of Lawrence and Yonge Street, with a frontage of 165 feet on Yonge Street and having the required depth, be deeded to the Toronto Public Library as a site for a new branch public library". (Toronto Public Library Board, Buildings & Finance Committee, Minutes, September 1944). The Toronto Public Library Board is given a capital grant of $125,000 by the City of Toronto for construction and equipment of a new library in the northern part of the city. Beck & Eadie, Architects are commissioned to design the branch in consultation with Eric Arthur.
1945 TPL Board passes a motion on 11 September to rename the proposed Northern Branch in honour of George H. Locke (1870-1937), Toronto Public Library's chief librarian, 1908-1937.
1949 George H. Locke Memorial Branch opens on 5 January.
1973 Listed on the City of Toronto's Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 20 June.
1982 Renovated, Stinson Montgomery & Sisam, Architects. Temporary quarters for the branch are opened in September.
1983 Branch reopens 21 March.
1995 Closes 10 June for infrastructure retrofit. Reopens 27 December.
1997 Catherine Fine, a branch patron, bequests $500,000 to the Toronto Public Library stipulating that the funds are to be used for books and other materials at the George H. Locke Memorial Branch. Catherine Fine Memorial Plaque is installed at the branch in recognition of her generous donation.
2005 A state of good repair retrofit is undertaken and the branch is closed for a few weeks in June.
2007 Hours open per week increased from 60.5 to 62 on 8 January.
2011 Heritage Toronto plaque commemorating the branch is presented on 10 September. Toronto's Historical Plaques
2016 Restoration of the building exterior completed.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room

  • 614 sq. ft.
  • Seats 30 lecture style. Seats 20 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 30.
  • Equipment:
    • lectern
    • screen (ceiling mounted)
    • 5 tables
    • built-in bench seating at the east end of the room
  • Meeting Room is on the ground floor beside the Children's Department. Wheelchair accessible.


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Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 22 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tue, Mar 06 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mon, Mar 12 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Feb 22 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Fri, Feb 23 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 24 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events