North York Central Library

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North York Central Library
The North York Central Library
Type Public Research Library in Northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location 5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M2N 5N9
Items collected books, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Size 517,600 items
Website North York Central Library

North York Central Library is located in northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the intersection of Yonge Street and Park Home Avenue, north of Sheppard Avenue. The library is located on the west side of Yonge Street beside Mel Lastman Square in the mall of the North York Civic Centre, which until 1998 was North York's City Hall.

North York Central Library is served by the North York Centre subway station, which is adjacent to the mall containing the library (City Centre North York).

North York Central library is ungoing a major renovation which will be completed in 2020


Inside view of the North York Central Library

North York Central Library is one of the two libraries in Toronto considered to be "Research and Reference Libraries", the other being the Toronto Reference Library downtown. In contrast to the Toronto Reference Library, however, most of the items in the North York Central Library can be signed out.


Research and Reference Libraries are the largest libraries in Toronto and have the most extensive collections.

It is the largest library in the former city of North York (which is now amalgamated with Toronto). It has 517,600 items in its collection made up of a wide range of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, tapes and other media. The library building has six floors and a total floor space of 15,626 square metres (168,200 sq ft). The library contains sections on children's and teen literature, literature and fine arts, language, society and recreation, business and urban affairs, science and technology, and Canadiana. There is, as well, a variety of multilingual collections for children and adults (in languages including Chinese, Russian along with many others) [1] available to serve North York's ethnically diverse population.

On the sixth floor the library houses a large collection of historical Canadian newspapers stored on rolls of film going back to, in some cases, the late 19th century. There are special printers which can print the images which are stored on film.

Also contained within the building is a 1,764 square metres (18,990 sq ft) auditorium.


Now part of the larger Toronto Public Library system, the first stand-alone facility for the North York Public Library was constructed on Yonge Street at Park Home Avenue in 1959. The Gladys Allison Building (named after the first chair of the Library Board) acted as a central library for all of North York.[1]

The Gladys Allison Building closed on October 5, 1985. A support branch, Central-on-Sheppard, opened to serve the community during the transition period between the closure and the opening of the new central library.

The new North York Central Library, in the North York City Centre, opened on May 13, 1987. It was designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects and is characterised by its seven-storey atrium.[2]

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  1. ^ "History". North York Central Library. Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "North York Central Library". Projects. Moriyama and Teshima Architects. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 43°46′06″N 79°24′51″W / 43.76834°N 79.41420°W / 43.76834; -79.41420