Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Reference Library General Features

  • Adaptive Technology Centre
  • Asquith Press
  • Balzac’s Café
  • Bennett Family Foundation Canadian Literature Collection
  • Book Discussion Group: contact the branch for more information
  • Book Drop – 24 Hours
  • Digital Innovation Hub
  • ESL/Language Learning AV Stations (6)
  • Express Checkout
  • Intellisearch – Custom Research
  • Microform Reader Scanner Printer
  • Newcomer Information Service
  • Page and Panel – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Store
  • Pedometer Lending
  • Piano/Practice Room
  • Picture Collection
  • Public Phones (inside)
  • Seating for 1423
  • Study Pods (15)
  • TD Gallery
  • TTY Service
  • The Writers’ Room
  • Toronto Star Newspaper Room

Technology

  • Computer Learning Centre (40 computers)
  • Internet/Microsoft Office workstations (255 including Learning Centre)
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi)

Equipment for persons with disabilities

  • Book stand(s)
  • Braille writer (Perkins Braille typewriter)
  • CCTV (closed circuit TV also called print magnifer)
  • Computer with Kurzweil 1000 software and scanner
  • Computer with at least 29” clearance under table top
  • Computer(s) with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)
  • Computer(s) with screen reader software (JAWS)
  • FM Amplification System
  • Height adjustable table or desk
  • Magnifiers – hand held or stand
  • Page turner
  • Study carrels with at least 29” clearance under table top
  • Study tables with at least 29” clearance under table top
  • TTY telephone device for the deaf

Collections

  • Adult Literacy Materials
  • Art Room Collection
  • Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
  • Arts Department
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Baldwin Collection of Canadiana
  • Browsery
  • Business, Science and Technology
  • Career Information Collection
  • English as a Second Language Materials – Adult
  • Genealogy and Local History Collection
  • Government Publications
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Department
  • Language Learning Kits
  • Languages & Literature Department
  • Map Collection
  • Microforms
  • Picture Collection
  • Resource materials for people with disabilities
  • Toronto Star Newspaper Room
  • Urban Affairs Collection
  • Very large collection of books in other languages. In addition to those listed for Toronto Reference Library, the many languages of the Americas, Africa, the South Pacific and some languages spoken in Europe are not included – nor are languages with collections under 50 volumes.

Language

  • Large collection in Arabic (books only), Chinese (books only), Czech (books only), Danish (books only), Dutch (books only), Estonian (books only), German (books only), Gujarati (books only), Hindi (books only), Hungarian (books only), Italian (books only), Japanese (books only), Korean (books only), Latvian (books only), Lithuanian (books only), Panjabi (books only), Persian (books only), Polish (books only), Portuguese (books only), Russian (books only), Spanish (books only), Swedish (books only), Tamil (books only), Turkish (books only), Ukrainian (books only), Urdu (books only), Vietnamese (books only)
  • Medium collection in Bengali (books only), Bulgarian (books only), Croatian (books only), Finnish (books only), Greek (books only), Marathi (books only), Norwegian (books only), Romanian (books only), Slovak (books only)
  • Small collection in Afrikaans (books only), Albanian (books only), Amharic (books only), Armenian (books only), Azerbaijani (books only), Basque (books only), Catalan (books only), Esperanto (books only), Frisian (books only), Hebrew (books only), Icelandic (books only), Indonesian (books only), Irish (books only), Kannada (books only), Macedonian (books only), Malayalam (books only), Maltese (books only), Serbian (books only), Sindhi (books only), Sinhalese (books only), Slovenian (books only), Somali (books only), Swahili (books only), Tagalog (books only), Telugu (books only), Thai (books only), Welsh (books only), Yiddish (books only)

Hours

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.

Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium – currently unavailable for room booking

1,700 sq. ft.
Seats 180 lecture style. Seats 75 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 180.
Equipment:
tables
projection screen (ceiling mounted)
microphone (additional charge)
overhead projector (additional charge)
flipchart stands
whiteboard
podium with light
Beeton Auditorium is located at the north end on the main level.
Additional booking fees for overhead projector, microphone, and set-up fee.
Wheelchair accessible washroom.

Beeton East – currently unavailable for room booking

785 sq. ft
Seats 60 lecture style. 25 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 60.
Equipment:
tables
projection screen (ceiling mounted)
microphone (additional charge)
overhead projector (additional charge)
flipchart stands
whiteboard
podium with light
Additional booking fees for overhead projector, microphone, and set-up fee.
Wheelchair accessible washroom.

Beeton West – currently unavailable for room booking

915 sq. ft
Seats 80 lecture style. 38 classroom style. Fire Code Occupancy: 80.
Equipment:
tables
projection screen (ceiling mounted)
microphone (additional charge)
overhead projector (additional charge)
flipchart stands
whiteboard
podium with light
Additional booking fees for overhead projector, microphone, and set-up fee.
Wheelchair accessible washroom.

Kitchen

Equipment:
microwave
refrigerator
Kitchen available only when Beeton Auditorium (whole, East, or West) only has been booked. Facilities are not available for use when booking Room B-1.
If using a caterer, installation and removal of catering equipment must take place within the hours of the room booking, unless other arrangements have been made.

Room B-1

305 sq. ft
Seats 15 lecture style. Fire Code Occupancy: 15.
Equipment:
table
overhead projector (additional charge)
flipchart stand
whiteboard
Additional booking fees for overhead projector, microphone, and set-up fee.
Room B-1 is located on the lower level.
Wheelchair accessible washroom.