Northern District Library to Welcome Back Community

January 25, 2011 | Media Relations

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Northern District Library to Welcome Back Community
Renovated branch improves customer experience

TORONTO (Tuesday, January 25, 2011) – Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce that renovations are complete for Northern District Branch and the library will be ready to open its doors on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at noon. City librarian Jane Pyper will be on hand to welcome back the community.

Media are invited for pre-opening tours on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from
10 a.m. until 12 noon. 

Improvements include:

•    More accessible community space:  Convenient furniture and shelving layout; additional fully accessible washrooms on the main floor; new interior entrance doors with barrier-free access to all areas of the library.  More study and program space.

•    Improved customer service: Self-service technologies including express check-out and check-in; new customer service and information desks. Digital signage to promote library programs and services.

•    Increased access to technology for research, learning, working and recreation:  New computer learning centre with smart board technology.   Additional seating with outlets for laptop use throughout the branch.  

•    Welcoming for everyone:  An urban living room with comfortable seating, lounge area and café style seating; small quiet study rooms; older adult and local history area; a vibrant Teen Zone with banquette and group study seating; children’s area with a dedicated Dial A Story phone; new main floor program room and an area for collection display and promotion. 

•    Relevant: Over 6,650 new books, CDs, magazines and DVDs.

An additional significant service enhancement to Northern District Branch will be a youth space featuring computer and media arts equipment.  Scheduled to open in February 2011, this youth-friendly, youth-led studio space is a partnership between Toronto Public Library and the Delisle Youth Services.   

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.


Media Contact:
Edward Karek, Communications Officer, 416-397-5925