Library Branches in the Event of a City Labour Disruption - Open as Usual, With Noted Exceptions

February 21, 2020 | Media Relations

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The City of Toronto is in negotiations with the Toronto Civic Employees Union (CUPE) Local 416, which represents the City of Toronto’s outside workers.

The City has received a No Board Report from the Ministry of Labour, which sets the legal strike/lockout deadline from TCEU Local 416 – CUPE, the union representing City outside workers, at 12:01 am on February 29, 2020.

In the event of a strike or lockout of City staff, four library branches located in co-facilities will be closed, but all other library branches will remain open. Customers can return their books to any branch and we have identified alternative locations to pick up holds.

The following branches would be closed until the end of a City labour disruption:


The City Hall branch located at Toronto City Hall would remain open with adjusted hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other library branch hours remain unchanged.

The Ward’s Island bookmobile stop would be cancelled for the duration. The stops at Driftwood Community Centre, Lawrence Heights, North Kipling and Oakridge will be relocated offsite to street.

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