The revitalized Toronto Reference Library. More Photos

About the Toronto Reference Library Revitalization

The revitalization of the Toronto Reference Library, a project designed to better serve our customers and recreate the library as Toronto's foremost public centre for lifelong learning, the exchange of ideas and community engagement, is complete. The project was funded by the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Toronto Public Library Foundation's re:vitalize campaign.

To celebrate the completion of its re:vitalization, we flew a drone around Toronto Reference Library to get a bird's eye view of what's new.

Revitalization Highlights

The expanded TD Gallery is a wonderful venue to showcase treasures from Toronto Public Library's Special Collections.
The new Digital Innovation hub offers a learning workspace with free access to the latest technology including 3D printers and training.
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a place where writers, thinkers, artists and innovators come together for conversation and debate.
The Norman G. Hinton Learning Centre is a space for visiting school groups, and others, to help develop the skills they needs to be successful in life - and in business.
Browse through this collection all about the city, and take a look at our recent addition, the Toronto Star photo archive.
Study pods are new places to study or work on your own or with a group.
Have a seat at one of our listening stations and browse our materials that will help you learn more than 80 different languages.
Automated shelves allow us to maximize space. The Reference Library has more than 80 kilometres of shelving to house our collections.
The Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre houses a 2 million item collection in Canadiana, including historical maps and photos, original manuscripts, first editions and ephemera.