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March 24, 2016

TPL Scarborough Civic Centre Branch (2015)
  Location: Toronto, ON Architects: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint ventureDate of...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
Architectural Credit: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture
-LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture

March 23, 2016

Waterdown Library and Civic Centre (2015)
Location: Hamilton, ON Architects: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc Date of completion: 2015 OAA Awards 2016 Design...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
-Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

March 22, 2016

The Mississauga Public Library Project (2011)
Location: Mississauga, ONArchitects: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (RDH Architects)Date of completion: 2011OAA Awards...
Image Credit: Exterior view of Lakeview Library. Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
-Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

February 29, 2016

Runnymede Branch Library (1930, 2005)
Like many other building types, libraries are constantly facing ever-changing needs, needing frequent improvements and upgrades in order to...
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Toronto Archives, 1930
Architectural Credit: John M. Lyle (1930) and G. Bruce Stratton Architects (2005)
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

February 19, 2016

Toronto Reference Library (1977)
Within the Toronto Public Library system, considered to be the busiest urban library system in the world, no library is bigger than the...
Image Credit: Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architectural Credit: Raymond Moriyama Architects (1977), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (2014)
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Toronto Reference Library (1909)
Of the 111 libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Ontario, none was larger (or more expensive) than Toronto’s first purpose-built...
Image Credit: Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Montreal and Toronto, 1910. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
Architectural Credit: Wickson & Gregg and A.H. Chapman, Associated Architects

February 08, 2016

South End Public Library (2012)
As cherished civic landmarks, the demolition of libraries is always a polemic issue. More often than not, the demolition is justified by...
Image Credit: Andrew Knapp
Architectural Credit: Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture
-Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture

February 03, 2016

Thomas J. Bata Library (1967)
“We are not committed to any particular style of buildings, but only to a certain spirit…. It is a spirit of appropriateness and...
Image Credit: Perspective drawing by Ron Thom, Trent University (Bata) Library Project # THO 6406, Ron Thom fonds, Canadian Architectural Archives,University of Calgary
Architectural Credit: Ron Thom

January 30, 2016

Library of Parliament (1876)
Canada has a love for libraries. In Toronto alone, more people visit the Toronto public library system every year than the top ten most...
Image Credit: 1930s Canadian Postage Stamp
Architectural Credit: Thomas Fuller

January 26, 2016

The Great Library of Osgoode Hall (1860)
“The Library, too, here to be seen, noble in its dimensions and aspect, must, even independently of its contents, tend to create a love...
Image Credit: : City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 3153 (c.1910)
Architectural Credit: Cumberland and Storm (1860), Bruke and Horwood (1895)

January 22, 2016

Story Pod (2015)
“It’s a giant little library.” Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of Newmarket, Toronto Star, September 21, 2015 When we think of great...
Image Credit: Shai Gil
Architectural Credit: Atelier Kastelic Buffey
-Atelier Kastelic Buffey

January 19, 2016

Mount Dennis Branch Library (2013)
“Not only has the building never looked better; many hope it will be a harbinger of the good things to come to a part of town where that...
Image Credit: Stephane Groleau
Architectural Credit: G. Bruce Stratton Architects
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

January 15, 2016

North End Free Library and Public Bench (2015)
Libraries come in a variety of scales. They range from monumental 15 storeys academic libraries to single rooms within schools and institutions...
Image Credit: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.
Architectural Credit: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.
-TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.

January 13, 2016

Fort York Branch Library (2014)
In the early 1990’s American urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term "third place". The "first place" is a person's home, where...
Image Credit: James Brittain
Architectural Credit: KPMB Architects
-KPMB Architects

January 12, 2016

“Then take way all “silence” signs and let the people come and talk about the books in an atmosphere of social happiness.”
-George Locke, Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Library 1908-1937

January 11, 2016

Carnegie Libraries
“Take away all unnecessary decorations, overmantels, over-counters, partitions, mock marble pillars and large hallways, and plan...
Image Credit: Notes on Library Bildings, New York, Carnegie Corporation, 1911
Architectural Credit: Various