017 Bayview Library
Bayview Library was founded in 1966 by a motion of the North York Public Library System. It was placed in a rented facility, and has expanded and contracted in the space, as needed or mandated. It is part of the Bayview Village Mall, making it the only branch to be physically located in a retail facility. The Branch was refurbished along with the entire mall in 1998, and underwent renovations as recently as 2003. This Branch is largely a neighbourhood library, and therefore has a small collection, including best sellers lists and a small collection in Chinese, Korean and French.
The space itself is whimsical, decorated to match the upscale retail located at Bayview Village. The installations and art within the branch are very modern, and look forward to a more avant garde vision of the Pubilc Library. Upon my visit, the study areas were filled with users of all walks of life, using the various resources, such as the periodical collection and the Children’s Collection. It should be noted that while the Library is physically located in the Mall, it is not accessible through any mall entrances, and has a separate entry. One cannot help but feel a sense of transience for the Branch, since it is planning on undergoing a move to a facility in the Besarion neighbourhood. Visit this unique branch while its still here, people!