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Toronto Public Library

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Address: 789 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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+1 416-393-7000

This beautiful building contains a dramatic interior complete with pool and...

This beautiful building contains a dramatic interior complete with pool and waterfall.

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Great place to study

This placed helps me to get 2 professional certificates. You can find here anything that could help you study. People works here are very helpful and courteous. The cons is you... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This placed helps me to get 2 professional certificates. You can find here anything that could help you study. People works here are very helpful and courteous. The cons is you have to be careful with your belongings. A lot of bummers/zombies pretending to be here to study but in fact looking for unattended laptops or bags to steal. Overall,... More 

Thank EyeGive
Toronto, Canada
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went there for a Comic Art Festival, it was great! The inner space is impressing, Makes you want to stay and read!

Thank ValvaMG
Sanibel Island, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Growing up I loved going to the library. Now, as an adult, I have relearned that pleasure. Escaping the hectic world to the solitude and peacefulness of one of Toronto's Public libraries is a go to place for me at least 2x a week.

Thank howardbreen
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recently attended author talk by Ian Hamilton. Noce setting - less than 200 people. Bonus was having ino Ricci interview Ian Hamilton. Lots of time for questions at thend.

Thank Peg P
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Toronto Reference Library. I have never been a student in Toronto, but I would go to this specific library just to read sometimes or chill at the Balzac coffee shop. It's a beautiful, large library and really is a great space to do whatever work that needs to get done...or no work and you just want a... More 

2 Thank Jacqueline C
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here just to photograph the inside - it's very cool looking! I tend to visit cool looking libraries when on vacation. This one did not disappoint. One note, I walked in a took a picture and the security guard came over and told me that if I was going to be taking a lot of photos that I... More 

3 Thank Karen C
Toronto, Canada
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188 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The side that faces Yonge is more accessible after renovation: coffee shop, gift shop, visible seating area. The other side is frequented by pigeons and looks quite insanitary... For charm, look just a block away to the Yorkville Library... how libraries used to be... and the fire station... slices of old Toronto. There is nothing remarkable about the Toronto Public... More 

Thank savvysolo
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

My only complaint is some of the staff in the newspaper room can be a bit unhelpful. Otherwise the new Baldwin Room contains lots of historical documents and the Arthur Coonan Doyle room. In the process of a refurbish, if you can't find what you are looking for here , you won't find it anywhere.

2 Thank MarkhamMichelle
Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

MANY books in many languages, very friendly and helpful staff. My secret tip is free tickets in selected museums and galleries in town. Check out the website and read more info there, it's a great and easy way how to explore the town when you are on a budget.

1 Thank Karolina_Kolarikova
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358 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Great place to spend a rainy afternoon!!!! I love browsing through their books. Lots of places to sit and read.

Thank PeterDCanada

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