Yorkville Library was built through a grant by Andrew Carnegie, as one of the infamous Carnegie Libraries. As such, Yorkville Library is part of a rich legacy left behind by the magnate, along with being part of a series of 2 509 libraries in the world.
This library was opened in 1907, relocating services from an earlier Northern Branch. The site was designated a heritage site in 1973 and expanded in 1978. The branch was designated a heritage property in 1973, receiving its Toronto Historical plaque in 2007. One of my favourite features is the gallery like quiet study space at the back of the building.
Of note in this library is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Collection. Although it is disseminated widely throughout the general collection, you can find a variety of books, magazines and audio visual materials on topics relating to the LGBT community.
Although it’s a smaller library than the massive Toronto Reference Library, the setting offers a more intimate atmosphere.
…et pour mes lecteurs français, il y a une collection excellente des livres français au coeur de la bibliothèque Yorkville!