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North York Central Library

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Address: 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N9, Canada
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+1 416-395-5535
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 20:30
Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Possibly the Best Library In Toronto

Aside from the Toronto Reference Library which I haven't fully explored, the North York Library is the best I've been to in Toronto. It has multiple floors, a children's section... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 January 2016
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Aside from the Toronto Reference Library which I haven't fully explored, the North York Library is the best I've been to in Toronto. It has multiple floors, a children's section, many computers for public use, free wifi, and many evening talks. It's right on the subway line and food is nearby. I can't think of anything else a library should... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This library has an overwhelming selection of books, magazines and reference material. At Mel Lastman Square-it is easily accessible to TTC. There are parking lots in the street to the west. If you have books you are finished with-donate them here. One of the few places you can do this.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Make a brief stop at the North York Central Library for free WIFI, I was on the upper floor because it was quieter there.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

I found this library to have a very good reference section on microfiche for arrivals to Canada. I found the staff very helpful in locating the reels I was after. It helped a great deal when I first started doing the genealogy on my ancestors.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Been here several times and this Library has tons of information for adults and kids to learn, the library is huge and you have access to computers as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

This library is just a few blocks from where we live. It is the central library for our area. They have a lot of books to read, but it takes a long time to get new ones recently published. There is an area for research and a large study hall for students. What's best is the librarians who are helpful... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

One of the libraries that has everything in the city, maybe because of the very large multicultural area it services. It's a very big, modern library, with substantial renovations and additions in 2014. Many Eastern European collections are well represented, as are the Asians ones. The staff is knowledgeable, efficient and helpful. The space is well designed, easy to reaserch... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

I've been to this library many times and always enjoy it. They have an excellent collection of books and magazines. I especially like the art books section which is very extensive, and also the music collection on the second floor, which comprises a huge range of CDs of all genres. The design of the library is very attractive and it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

I have frequented this neighbourhood library so many times in the past 14 years, I felt obligated to review it. I have used this library as a patron and for work purposes on so many occasions. Their facilities have accommodated meetings for my workplace, and I have attended meetings here many times as a partner and local committee member. They... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

North York Central Library is conveniently located for locals and visitors staying at Novotel Hotel in the north end of city. If you are on the Toronto Transit Commission ("TTC") subway, exit at North York Centre Station, follow the exit, walk across the road to the west side of Yonge Street and there it is. One of the best libraries... More 

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North York is one of Toronto's most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Home to a number of cultural events throughout the year that celebrate the city's varied ethnic communities, it's always worthwhile to see what's going on in the area. Its cross-section of inhabitants include students and long-time residents, giving North York an eclectic feeling of being both local and international. Extremely family-friendly, its rivers, arboretums, and parks cater to outdoor activities, while its historical villages paint Toronto's history in exciting shades. Bumper cars, mini golf, and inexpensive shopping also help cater to the inclusive family feel.
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