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Parliament Street

269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON
M5A 2G3

416-393-7663

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.

Directions


Closest major intersection Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East. Located on southwest corner of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.

Public Transit


TTC Carlton #506 streetcar along Gerrard Street.
TTC Parliament #65 bus southbound from Castle Frank subway station.

Parking


Street parking along Berkeley Street.


Map


Map to library branch

Features


General Features

  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop - 24 Hours
  • Express Checkout
  • Quiet Study Room (Seats 4)
  • Seating for 84

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

Technology

Collections

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

Language

  • Large collection in Chinese, French, Tamil
  • Medium collection in Bengali
  • Small collection in Amharic - Adult, Hindi (DVDs only), Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya - Adult, Vietnamese

Branch History


Year Details
1955 Opened 12 January. Arthur H. Eadie, Architect.
1968 Property acquired at Gerrard Street East, southeast corner of Berkeley Street. Formerly Edwin Snider House (built 1880-1), later H. Beldon and Company.
1969 Parliament Street Library House opened.
1970 Neighbourhood Information Post opened in July 1970 in Parliament Street Library House; incorporated in 1972. Closed on 11 January 1993.
1978 Branch is closed for a $300,000 renovation, 9 October.
1979 Reopened on 18 January; officially reopened on 20 January. Klaus and Marjut Dunker, Casey & Dunker Architects & Planners (Dunker Associates).
1990 Parliament Street Library House is listed on Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties Inventory of Heritage Properties adopted by City Council, 19 and 20 March. Branch is closed for $1.8 million renovation, 12 November. Baird/Sampson Architects.
1992 Reopened on 3 February; officially reopened on 28 March.
2000 Sunday opening initiated, 10 September.
2007 New hours, 8 January. Hours open per week increased from 60.5 to 65.5.
2010 Closed 31 October for installation and state of good repair renovation. Reopened 6 December.

Meeting Rooms


For booking information call 416-397-5969.

Main Floor Meeting Room

  • 300-400 sq. ft.
  • Seats 24 lecture style. Seats 24 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 30.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • 5 tables
  • Located within the Children's area of the library. Wheelchair accessible. Washrooms available near the main entrance of the library.

Meeting Room

  • 968 sq. ft.
  • Seats 52 lecture style. Seats 28 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 92.
  • Equipment:
    • tables
    • coat hooks (wall-mounted)
    • flip chart
    • sink
  • Located on the 2nd floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Directions


Closest major intersection Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East. Located on southwest corner of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.

Public Transit


Closest major intersection Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East. Located on southwest corner of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.

Parking


Street parking along Berkeley Street.


Upcoming Events

Tue, Mar 13 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 14 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thu, Mar 15 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Regular Programs

Tue, Feb 20 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed, Feb 21 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 24 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

All Branch Programs & Events