The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room

A wide view of the interior of the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room, including a reading and study space with two long tables and chairs, floor-to-ceiling book shelves filled with books and memorabilia, a set of welcoming couches and a table with books and roses on it.

Location and Hours

The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room is open to the public and located on the 4th floor of the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) in the Languages and Literature department. For current hours of operation, visit our Toronto Reference Library page.

About the Space

The room features include:


A variety of programming is presented in The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room, including author talks, residency programs and special events.

Writer in Residence

The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room houses the Writer in Residence program, which will be expanded and enhanced thanks to the new space. Writers are invited for a two-month residency to create their own work as well as mentor other writers. The program provides a co-working environment for up-and-coming writers to focus on their work alongside the Writer in Residence. Valuable services provided include the popular one-on-one manuscript review and an opportunity to participate in author readings.

About Jack Rabinovitch and His Collection

Canadian businessman and philanthropist Jack Rabinovitch created the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 1994 to honour his late wife Doris Giller. The celebrated award recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction, and over the years, Jack assembled an extensive personal library of books, including all Giller Prize authors. He built a diverse and important collection of Canadian literature and with Jack's passing in 2017, this collection was donated to Toronto Public Library.

About the Room

Award-winning architects from Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) designed the 2500-square foot space. Raymond Moriyama was the original architect hired to build the Toronto Reference Library, which opened in 1977.

Enjoy a quick tour of The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room: