Toronto Public Library Homepage


Service Update

The elevator is unavailable at this time. Staff are happy to retrieve any materials from the lower level on request. The program room is unfortunately inaccessible to anyone who requires a mobility device.

2793 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
M3M 2G3


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 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.


Closest major intersection Keele Street and Wilson Ave. Located at northeast corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. behind the plaza.

Public Transit

TTC Keele Street bus northbound from Keele subway station, stops right in front of the library.
TTC Wilson buses from York Mills subway station and Wilson subway station, stop at the corner of Keele Street and Wilson Ave. in both directions.


Free - lot adjacent to the library.


Map to library branch


General Features

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand
  • Computer with at least 29” clearance under table top
  • 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


  • Large collection in Italian, Spanish
  • Medium collection in Chinese, French, Tagalog
  • Small collection in Hindi (DVDs only), Turkish, Vietnamese

Branch History

Year Details
1956 North York Public Library Board appoints Paul Meschino as the architect for the proposed Downsview Branch, 18 April. On 4 May, it passes a bylaw to expropriate "certain lands at the corner of Keele Street and Paxtonia Boulevard for public library purposes, said lands being part of Block B, Plan 4571, North York owned by Goodburn Construction Ltd." On 23 May, it approves "a price of $30,000.00 with the understanding that a donation of $2000.00 will be made to the Board." (North York Public Library Board minutes).
1960 North York Public Library Board plans Downsview Branch as its first regional library for the west end of the municipality.
1961 Sod-turning ceremony, 9 May. Officiating are Mrs. W.W. Allison, Chairman of the North York Public Library Board; William L. Graff, Chief Librarian; James Service, Councillor for Ward 7; William Lyon, Councillor for Ward 8; R. J. Stanbury and Sydney Moscoe, Board members; Paul Meschino, architect; and Anthony Fassel, contractor.
1962 Opened to the public, 6 March. Paul Meschino Architect.
1963 Officially opened on 26 May, with the cornerstone (dated 1961) laid by Vivian Thomas Graff, the widow of William L. Graff, North York’s chief librarian since 1955, who had died in office on 15 October 1962.
1965 Enlarged to regional/area size. Officially opened, 15 April. Paul Meschino Architect.
1995 Closed for renovations and expansion, 26 June.
1996 Reopened, 6 May. Makrimichalos Cugini Architects.
1997 Included on an inventory of North York's Modernist Architecture, prepared by the City of North York Planning Department, Urban Design Division.

Meeting Rooms

For booking information call 416-397-5969.


  • 1,405 sq. ft.
  • Seats 52 lecture style. Seats 52 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 110.
  • Equipment:
    • ceiling mounted projection screen
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Main Floor Meeting Room

  • 600 sq. ft.
  • Seats 25 lecture style. Seats 25 classroom style.
  • Equipment:
    • chairs
    • coat rack
    • puppet stage
    • tables

Meeting Room A

  • 242 sq. ft.
  • Seats 18 lecture style. Seats 18 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 25.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard

Meeting Room B

  • 486 sq. ft.
  • Seats 22 lecture style. Seats 22 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 35.
  • Equipment:
    • flip chart stand (shared with other rooms)
    • tables
    • whiteboard


  • Equipment:
    • coffee urns (32-cup and 100 cup)
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
  • Kitchen is shared if two or more groups have made a booking.

Auditorium and wheelchair accessible washroom are located on the lower level (access by elevator).


Map to branch

Upcoming Events

Sat, Jan 20 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mon, Jan 22 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Regular Programs

Thu, Jan 18 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thu, Jan 18 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fri, Jan 19 - 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All Branch Programs & Events