Mount Dennis Branch to Close for Major Renovation
TORONTO (Wednesday, October 19, 2011) – At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011, Toronto Public Library will temporarily close the Mount Dennis Branch (1123 Weston Road) for a major renovation. The architects for the renovation are G. Bruce Stratton Architects. Customers can look forward to a new, improved and more accessible library in their neighbourhood when the branch reopens in 2013.
The renovated facility will feature:
- A revitalized main entrance, a more dynamic prominent street presence, with high visibility into the library and enhanced exterior landscaping.
- A complete redesign of the 11,350 square foot interior space and a new layout for collections and equipment, programming space and staff work areas.
- A new customer service area with express check-out and security.
- A new teen zone.
- Fully accessible washrooms.
- New quiet study rooms.
- Improved collections merchandizing and display.
- Enhanced space for local art exhibits.
- Improved programming and community meeting spaces including a multi-use program room with kitchenette.
- A new KidsStop, an interactive early literacy centre.
- More public computers.
During the closure, the community can return books to any Toronto Public Library branch and pick up holds at Weston Branch. The public can also visit one of several nearby branches—Evelyn Gregory, Maria A. Shchuka or Jane/Dundas or visit the Toronto Public Library Bookmobile in the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. on Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to noon beginning Thursday, November 3, 2011.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.
Edward Karek, Communications Officer