The North York Central Library, one of two Research and Reference Libraries in Toronto, is working with Diamond Schmitt Architects on a large scale renovation, with construction starting in 2016. The community will be pleased to know that during this time, the library will remain open for service. Collections and services will continue to be accessible; however, the extent of the work being done will require some collections and services to be relocated while new areas are under construction.
Last year, the library welcomed over 1.5 million visitors and circulated over 1.6 million items, making North York Central Library the busiest branch in the Toronto Public Library system. Renovations on the main floor took place a few years ago, but for the most part, the library has remained virtually unchanged since opening in 1987.
Upgrades will include new services and spaces with: leading edge technology in content creation spaces, digital innovation hub and media labs; zoned spaces for individual and collaborative work and study; a large KidsStop and Middle Years space; a North York History Room and reading lounge and garden on the top floor. Plans are currently on display inside the library.