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35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON
M2J 4S4


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 Don Mills Road and Sheppard Ave. East. Located on the north side of Fairview Mall which is on the northeast corner of Don Mills and Sheppard Ave. East.

Public Transit

TTC Sheppard subway east from Sheppard Station to Don Mills Station.
TTC bus #25 from Pape subway station to Fairview Mall Dr.
TTC bus #85, 139 or 10 from Sheppard subway station to Don Mills station, walk 2 blocks north on Don Mills Road or change to Don Mills Road bus north.


Free parking available.


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General Features

  • KidsStop Early Literacy Centre
  • Adaptive Technology Hub
  • Art Exhibit Space
  • Automated Checkin
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - After Hours
  • Borrow a Laptop
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Individual Study Rooms (10)
  • Public Phones (inside)
  • Reading Garden
  • Seating for 351
  • Theatre
  • Vending Machines

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Adaptive Technology Hub
  • Book stand
  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifier)
  • Computer with Kurzweil 3000 software and scanner
  • Computer with screen reader software (JAWS)
  • Computers with screen magnification software (Zoomtext) (2)
  • FM Amplification System
  • Large print keyboard
  • Large trackball mouse
  • Magnifier
  • Natural spectrum lamp
  • Page turner
  • Wheelchair accessible furniture



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


  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Persian, Tamil
  • Medium collection in Arabic, Armenian, Gujarati, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Tagalog
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Spanish (DVDs only), Urdu

Branch History

Year Details
1972 Fairview Community Branch opened in rental space at 5 Fairview Mall Drive. Rental space is located next to the 1.964 acre site on which the Fairview Regional Branch Library is to be constructed. Site was purchased by the Library Board from Fairview Corporation.
1976 Construction completed 27 May. Brook-Carruthers-Shaw Architects. Community Theatre with seating for 292 patrons.
1982 Fairview moves to an automated circulation system (ULISYS) and closes for five weeks beginning in June to "link" its entire collection. Operational 13 September.
1986 Audio Visual and Public Relations and Planning Departments move from Fairview to interim quarters outside Fairview prior to new opening of new Central Library.
1987 Administration Services move from 4th floor of Fairview Library to new quarters at Central Library; Canadiana Collection and staff move from 3rd floor of Fairview Library to new quarters at Central Library.
1988 Introduction of Adult Literacy service.
1989 Phased in renovation to include: Phase 1 (1989) Renovations to 3rd Floor - Phillip H Carter, and Joseph Gershy Architects; Phase 2 (1994) Renovations to 2nd Floor - Phillip H Carter, Architects; Phase 3 (1994) Renovations to 4th floor - Phillip H Carter, Architects.
1989 Rental of office space to the Ontario Audio Library, a volunteer-based organization that records non-fiction reading material for print disabled clients. Internal renovation of former Audio Visual/Public Relations and Planning Department.
1996 Introduction of North York Public Library's first coffee concession stand. Contract is awarded to The Daily Perk.
1998 Renovated – User Education Centre created. Phillip Carter, Architect.
2005 Theatre renovated – seats, AV and lighting equipment for the theatre, cherry picker and renovation to the two theatre dressing rooms.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Number of open hours per week unchanged.
2009 Express Checkout (RFID) as of December 2009.
2010 New hours, 4 January. Number of open hours per week increased from 59.5 to 65.5. Reading Garden established.
2012 Branch and Theatre closed on Saturday, 6 October for a major renovation. Makrimichalos Cugini Architects.
2013 Theatre re-opens 3 September. Separate Theatre entrance. New Theatre entry vestibule, box office, washrooms; 9-Bin Sorter (Express check-in) installed 9 September.
2014 Branch reopens 10 January. New Urban Living Room, Teen Zone, Adaptive Technology Hub, meeting rooms and Art Exhibit Space; Closed due to flooding from broken water main 3 February; Partial reopening part of Floor 1, Floors 2 and 3 on 17 April; KidsStop added 1 May; Full reopening including theatre 23 June.
2016 New hours with Sunday opening year round including July and August.
2016 Room 2 (Story Room) renovations 4 November: soundproofing along the walls; removal of child-size washroons; replacing storage room with storage closet; installing sink and counter space; installing new lighting.
2017 Due to the closure of North York Central Library for renovation, seating was increased and computers added. Also, Laptop Lending temporarily made available at Fairview.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Meeting Room 1 (1st Floor)

  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Seats 50 lecture style. Seats 32 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 60.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • chairs
    • ceiling mounted video projector

Meeting Room 2 (2nd Floor)

  • 710 sq. ft.
  • Seats 50 lecture style. Seats 28 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 60.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • chairs
    • ceiling mounted video projector
    • projector screen
  • Room 2 often booked as a Green Room for the Theatre.

Meeting Room 3 (4th Floor)

  • 1,435 sq. ft.
  • Seats 96 lecture style. Seats 32 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 96.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • chairs
    • ceiling mounted video projector
    • kitchenette in room (sink and counter space)
    • whiteboard
    • built-in Coat Rack

Meeting Room 4 (4th Floor)

  • 440 sq. ft.
  • Seats 24 lecture style. Seats 16 classroom style.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • chairs
    • wall Mounted White Board
    • kitchenette in room (sink and counter space)
    • built-in Coat Rack
    • skylight


Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the first, second and fourth floors.


Theatre rental information

  • 4,320 sq. ft.
  • Seats 260 - 6 spaces for wheelchair access
  • Equipment:
    • Lobby with box office and refreshment stand, expanded washroom facilities
    • Stage: proscenium thrust stage - size 34'8" deep, 41' wide
    • Curtains: 1 Main Drape; 1 Main Valence; 4 Border Drapes; 6 Leg Drapes; 1 Midtraveller; 2 Rear Drapes
    • Lighting instruments: Source Fours; Parcans; Parnels
      Lighting Equipment: Control ETC - 4330A 1020 Element 40-250 Channel
    • Sound : Allen and Heath GL 2400-424 24 Channel Audio Mixer and TC Electronic M-One - Dual Effects Signal Processor
      Microphones - 2 - wireless Shure Beta 58's; 4 - corded Beta 58's
      Clear-Com System with Head Sets Sennhiser Infrared Hearing Assist System with headsets
      Programmed sound
    • Projection System: Ceiling mounted LCD projector with VGA cable hook-up
    • 1 DVD Blue Ray and 2 CD players

Dressing Rooms (Three)

  • 198 sq. ft.
  • 220 sq. ft.
  • 198 sq. ft.
  • 25 chairs shared
  • Equipment:
    • three ten-person rooms
    • washrooms, showers

Green Room

  • 617 sq. ft.
  • Equipment:
    • kitchenette with sink, fridge and microwave
    • family washroom and shower


  • Equipment:
    • Yamaha C3 Baby Grand (5'7")


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Upcoming Events

Thu, Jan 18 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fri, Jan 19 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mon, Jan 22 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Regular Programs

Fri, Jan 19 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat, Jan 20 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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