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Don Mills

888 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON
M3C 1P6


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. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.


Closest major intersection Lawrence Ave. East and Don Mills Road. Located on the northwest corner of Lawrence Ave. East and Donway West.

Public Transit

TTC bus #162 Lawrence Donway - from Lawrence subway station to Donway (no weekend service).
TTC bus #25 Don Mills - from Don Mills or Pape subway station to Lawrence Ave. East, stops 1 block east of the library.
TTC bus #54 Lawrence East/West - from Eglinton subway station.


47 public parking spaces, including 2 disabled spaces.


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General Features

  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - After Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Public Phones (inside)
  • Seating for 95

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifier)
  • Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Large print keyboard
  • Large trackball mouse
  • Magnifier
  • Natural spectrum lamp
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible furniture



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


  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Japanese
  • Medium collection in German
  • Small collection in Arabic, Hindi, Malayalam, Persian, Spanish

Branch History

Year Details
1855 A library is established in S. S. No. 9 (the so-called Don school), a red brick schoolhouse built in 1853 at the southeast corner of today's Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East on land donated by William Milne. The library may have been discontinued in 1869; from 1870 on, being librarian is not mentioned in teacher contracts.
1896 Don Public Library is established, with the first meeting of the board of management held on 20 April 1896. The first books were placed on shelves in Agnes (Aggie) Hogg's general store, located on the east side of Don Mills Road, north of the Grand Trunk Railway bridge, which she operated along with the Don Post Office and the library as a public service.
1904 Listed as a "free" public library.
1918-20 Don Public Library is moved from the general store to an abandoned military hut on the farm of James Muirhead, located on the west side of Don Mills Road, about a quarter-mile north of today's Lawrence Avenue (west half of lot 7, 3rd concession east of Yonge Street, York Township).
1937 Don Public Library is closed. The children's books are transferred to Don School Section No. 9 York Township, and the old library building is given to Gordon Muirhead, who converted it to a hen house.
1954 North York Public Library Association Board announces on 14 July that its first bookmobile will stop at the "Don Mills development".
1955 North York Public Library Board announces on 24 May that one of its first two branches will be called Don Mills.
1956 Craig and Madill, Architects are appointed as the architects for the Don Mills Branch, 18 April. On 4 May, the Library Board authorizes the purchase of “approximately 250 feet of Lawrence Avenue frontage at the west side of the Donway West from Curran Hall Construction Company at a price of $30,000, conditional on our being able to obtain the necessary assurances that construction of a library be permitted on this site with a vehicular entrance on Lawrence Avenue or the Donway.” On 12 September, it authorizes “purchase for the remainder of all the vacant land lying to the west of the present Don Mills site for the sum of approximately $15,000.00.” The Don Mills Branch was projected to cost $250,000.
1961 Don Mills Branch is opened at the current location by the North York Public Library Board, 14 November. Officially opened 15 April 1962. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.
1963 Renovated and enlarged to regional/area size. Craig, Madill, Abram and Ingleson, Architects.
1994 Renovated. Reopened 13 June. Joseph Bogdan Associates Architects.
1997 Included on an inventory of North York's Modernist Architecture prepared by the City of North York Planning Department, Urban Design Division.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Number of open hours per week unchanged.
2011 Don Mills Branch celebrates 50th Anniversary. Open house and festivities held on 12 November.
2013 Closed 19 August for beginning of renovation and RFID installation. Reopened 26 August with limited access while renovation continued.
2014 Closed 10 February for completion of renovation and RFID installation. Reopened 18 February. Architect Ken Fukushima.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.


  • 1,260 sq. ft.
  • Seats 90 lecture style. Seats 80 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 150.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • coat rack
    • easel
    • podium
    • portable video projector
    • projection screen (ceiling mounted)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room 1

  • 248 sq. ft.
  • Seats 12 lecture style. Seats 8 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 29.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room 2

  • 248 sq. ft.
  • Seats 12 lecture style. Seats 8 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 29.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Auditorium and Meeting Room, and wheelchair accessible washrooms are located on the lower level (elevator available).


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Upcoming Events

Sat, Jan 20 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri, Jan 26 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Jan 27 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Sun, Jan 21 - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mon, Jan 22 - 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue, Jan 23 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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